The whole UK 4G thing has been a bit of a farce, with various delays and claims from O2 that the process is “illegal”. Meanwhile, EE is all set to steam ahead with its own cheeky offering from October 30.
However, there’s good news for a change this morning, as we’re hearing that progress has been made, with Ofcom nodding enthusiastically as a result.
What’s happened is, see, EE, O2, Three and Vodafone have formed a jointly controlled company called Digital Mobile Spectrum Limited, which will ensure Freeview TV is unaffected by the rollout of UK 4G at 800MHz – the band vacated by the Digital Switchover.
This follows the warning we heard in May, that UK 4G at 800MHz could potentially screw up TV for up to two million people.
We’re told that the creation of Digital Mobile Spectrum Limited “will further accelerate the rollout of competitive 4G services next year”. Sounds good to us. Ofcom is saying Spring, incidentally.
Ofcom’s chief exec, Ed Richards, said: “This is further evidence of the progress that is being made by the industry, guided by Ofcom, to deliver 4G mobile services across the UK.
“The 4G auction is already on track to begin at the end of the year and the creation of Digital Mobile Spectrum Limited ahead of time represents yet another step towards bringing consumers early access to the next generation of mobile broadband services.”