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Ofcom to free up the airwaves for 4G services

Ofcom to free up the airwaves for 4G services
Daniel Gumble

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Networks / EE / February 1st 2013 at 5:03PM

UK regulator to allow operators to use existing licenses for 4G use regardless of spectrum brand.

Ofcom has announced its intention to begin freeing up the nation’s airwaves in a move to allow operators to use existing licences for 4G services, Mobile World Live has reported.

The UK telecoms regulator today (February 1st) published proposals to liberalise all existing mobile licences in the 900 MHz, 1800 Mhz and 2100 MHz bands to allow the deployment of 4G services.

Vodafone and 3 UK had previously submitted formal requests to Ofcom to remove the “regulatory constrain” preventing them from using their licenses to offer 4G services.

Several operators were left fuming after Ofcom granted EE permission to use its 1800 MHz spectrum for the launch of the UK’s first commercial 4G service.

Ofcom has said that liberalisation “will meet a long-standing objective to liberalise all mobile licences so that there are no regulatory barriers to the deployment of the latest available mobile technology.”

Last week saw the UK’s largest spectrum auction get underway, with EE, O2, Vodafone, Three, HKT, BT subsidiary Niche Spectrum Ventures and MLL Telecom all bidding for 4G services.

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