O2, Three, Vodafone and EE team up to hurry 4G rollout
Might we be getting 4G sooner than we expected? It seems so as there's been something of a breakthrough, with the four major mobile networks - O2, Vodafone, Three and EE - all joining forces to get 4G rolled out in the UK.
After talks with Ofcom and DCMS ministers, the four operators have formed a jointly controlled company called Digital Mobile Spectrum Ltd.
"The joint venture will be responsible for ensuring that consumers continue to receive clear Freeview TV signals following the roll out of 4G mobile services in the 800 MHz spectrum band from the Spring of next year," telecoms watchdog Ofcom, the UK government and the four major mobile network operators said in a joint statement today.
"Deployment of 4G services in other frequency bands does not require similar measures to be put in place."
Ofcom chief executive Ed Richards added: "The 4G auction is already on track to begin at the end of the year and the creation of Digital Mobile Spectrum Limited ahead of time represents yet another step towards bringing consumers early access to the next generation of mobile broadband services."