Everything 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.