At the tail end of February, Everything Everywhere announced that it hoped to use its existing spectrum to provide 4G to UK consumers by the end of 2012, and the move was semi-approved by Ofcom – with a deadline for rival networks to voice their objections.
O2 and Vodafone were predictably outspoken about the potential move, claiming it’d give Everything Everywhere an unfair advantage, and – in the latest installment of the saga – Ofcom has now delayed its ruling. Phew.
An official Ofcom statement reads: “Ofcom today extended the period for responding to Ofcom’s ‘Notice of proposed variation of Everything Everywhere’s 1800MHz spectrum licences to allow use of LTE and WiMAX technologies’ from 17 April 2012 until 8 May 2012. We have decided to extend this period following requests from stakeholders for more time to respond.”
In related news, Three has warned that it’s considering legal action to ensure it gets a fair share of the 4G spectrum when the auction finally – finally – takes place.
A Three spokesperson tells the Guardian: “You can expect us to address competition and the principles set out by Ofcom in a four-player market for the benefit of consumers.”
The Everything Everywhere 4G story has really split opinion with our regulars. Dare I ask again what you think? Everything Everywhere would undoubtedly make a huge song and dance about exclusive 4G, but would Joe Average care?