If you’ve been following the UK 4G saga, you’ll no doubt be aware that Everything Everywhere (the joint venture of Orange and T-Mobile) hopes to crank out a 4G service before the end of the year.
Needless to say the other networks ain’t too happy about it, but Everything Everywhere (I still think Orange T would’ve been a better name) is undeterred.
Back in March, Ofcom suggested it was cool with Everything Everywhere’s 4G plans, but just a few weeks later, it was revealed that the official decision had been delayed as a result of discontent from Vodafone, O2 and Three.
However, speaking with Pocket-lint, David Salam, head of Network Strategy and Architecture at Everything Everywhere, sounds remarkably confident.
“I would personally find it very strange for our government to stand up and say no you can’t have the next generation of mobile broadband when they have been championing the rollout for years,” says Dave.
“O2 and Vodafone have had their opportunities to do the same, but they have chosen not to champion 4G. It’s a choice. We have many proof points of how they could have used their existing spectrum to bring a 4G service to the UK.”
In an example of just how serious the other networks are taking this, O2 got in touch with Pocket-lint to explain that it’d be pointless to liberalise its 900MHz spectrum for 4G as there aren’t any compatible devices.
Big Blue goes on to suggest: “this is about the interests of one business rather than for the benefit of all UK customers”.
What do you think? Are the other networks overreacting? Would a headstart in 4G really make that much difference? Or should Ofcom put its foot down and hurry the hell up with the 4G auction?