Everything Everywhere sells 4G spectrum to Three, awaits Ofcom approval

Everything Everywhere sells 4G spectrum to Three, awaits Ofcom approvalEverything Everywhere is grabbing all the headlines this week. A couple of days ago, I was yelling that the tag-team has been cleared to start rolling out 4G in September, much to the chagrin of the UK’s other networks. And how about those branding rumours?

Now Everything Everywhere says it’s completed the sale of a couple of chunks of 1800MHz spectrum to Three, pending Ofcom’s approval.

The sale was necessitated by the union of Orange and T-Mobile, forming a colossal network with a silly amount of 1800MHz spectrum. And an even sillier name.

Three is said to have secured a pair of 15MHz blocks in a sealed bidding process. Potentially, that paves the way for Three to start prepping its own 4G services, however Everything Everywhere isn’t obliged to vacate till September 2013.

A statement from Everything Everywhere explains: "Ofcom and the European Commission will review whether the divestment satisfies the merger commitments, and a response is expected within the next three months.”

Everything Everywhere is tipped to bring 4G to smartphones early next year (mobile broadband first), while the remaining networks reluctantly wait for Ofcom’s farcical auction process to get underway.

via: ZDNet

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matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 23, 2012 at 14:05

Lets face it, they've only sold that spectrum to Three to shut the competition commission up.

Andy247  Aug. 23, 2012 at 17:05

Good news for Three if the move goes ahead quickly. Without additional spectrum Three are more or less dead in the water as they have a growing number of sites across the UK that are at full capacity, even in terms of RAN kit on the masts so their network cannot grow until they acquire new Spectrum.

As their adverts are keen to point out, they're still the fastest growing network in the UK, but in major population centres they're running out of capacity to accomodate those customers. After all the good work they've done over the past 2 years in improving their network, they're stuck in a situaion where without outside help, they'll be synonomous with poor coverage again like the bad old days!

Stelph  Aug. 23, 2012 at 18:32

I just want to know if that means Three will rebrand themselves as Four?

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 23, 2012 at 18:53

I just want to know if that means Three will rebrand themselves as Four?
Haha, they didn't really think that through, long-term, when they started out :p.

lcurdie / MOD  Aug. 23, 2012 at 22:37

I just want to know if that means Three will rebrand themselves as Four?

What a fantastic return after a two-week absence ;)

Andy247  Aug. 24, 2012 at 15:30

They've just spent a fortune rebranding from 3 to Three to make themselves less associated with 3G technology. Did it work.... did it [email protected]!

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