Ofcom 4G spectrum auction delayed

Ofcom 4G spectrum auction delayedOfcom was expected to publish the terms of its 4G spectrum auction later this month, but network squabbling means the final document might be delayed till November.

As a result, the auction itself has slipped from Q1 to Q2 2012, and ultimately we’ll have even longer to wait for 4G action in the UK. Well isn’t that just fan-3G-tastic.

Back in June we heard that O2 in particular claimed the auction was “illegal”. Clearly there are some creases to iron out before this whole thing moves forward.

A spokesman for Ofcom said: "We are still aiming for the first half of next year. However, we have always maintained it is an ambitious timescale. This is a complex area, involving a large number of technical and competition issues that we need to consider and resolve before finalising proposals.

“For example, a very high proportion of households in the UK rely on Digital Terrestrial TV – Freeview – which needs to be relocated before 4G can be rolled out.

"We note that because these technical issues need to be satisfactorily resolved before new networks can be built, it will not be possible for mobile operators to start rolling out 4G networks until 2013 at the earliest regardless of when the auction itself actually takes place."

2013 at the earliest?! Aww man.

via: The Guardian

Read more about: O2

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mrew42  Sep. 7, 2011 at 12:10

Freeview needs to be relocated?
ohferchrissakes. doesn't seem like a week goes past without having to retune. and thats BEFORE DSO in my area.

Stelph  Sep. 7, 2011 at 13:31

Hmm well it would be nice if they could sort out 3G before moving to 4G (which they wont as 4G is just another reason to try and force users to upgrade again), a lot of the 3G networks are amazingly patchy with terrible data throughputs

CTPAHHIK  Sep. 7, 2011 at 14:02

Get rid of GSM completely. No 3G phone - no service. Build 4G over existing GSM.

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