We recently heard that Everything Everywhere – Orange and T-Mobile’s married name – was aiming to provide its customers with 4G goodness this very year, 2012AD.
Now Ofcom has published a meaty proposal, in which it describes how awesome life will be with 4G mobile data in the UK, and suggesting that any competitive advantage gained by Everything Everywhere would be outweighed by the benefits.
In order to provide 4G, Everything Everywhere would allocate some of its 1,800MHz 3G spectrum, and Ofcom is totally up for it. Behold:
"LTE/WiMAX services are not currently widely available to citizens and consumers in the UK.
"There is however widespread demand for mobile data services in the UK, and that demand is growing significantly. The availability of new high-speed mobile data services is likely to bring material benefits to consumers and citizens.
"In particular, we have considered the extent to which the benefits to consumers and citizens which we believe will arise from the availability of new LTE services might be outweighed by any temporary or longer term distortion of competition in such services to the detriment of citizens and consumers."
Spoilsports have until April 17 to object.