Well, we finally have 4G in the UK, thanks to Orange and T-Mobile’s tag team Everything Everywhere – or “EE” for short. They’ve got a cheeky head start pending next year’s auction thingy.
Now we’re hearing that Three Mobile could be next to offer UK 4G, potentially before the moany old team of Vodafone and O2. Uh oh.
Cast your crazy minds back to August, and you might recall EE sold some delicious 1,800MHz spectrum to little old Three – a move necessitated by the union of Orange and T-Mobile.
Well, as speculated at the time, Three could use the spectrum to roll out its own UK 4G service, and the network tells CNET it hopes to do so soon.
However, a condition of the sale is that EE would have to approve Three rolling out UK 4G at 1,800MHz, and obviously it ain’t gonna be in any sort of hurry to do so.
As such, the Ofcom auction for 800MHz and 2,600MHz 4G spectrum could actually take place before Three gets to make use of its 1,800MHz, rendering this entire situation moot.
Presumably Vodafone and O2 will be fuming. Incidentally, they’re forming a colossal network together, though they’ll continue to operate as independent entities.