Ofcom 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