Around a month ago, Everything Everywhere revealed that it hopes to provide 4G to its customers in the UK before the end of the year, subject to Ofcom approval.
Last week, we heard that Ofcom was pretty much cool with it, but you know who ain’t? Vodafone.
If Everything Everywhere obtains the necessary approval, it’d be the first (ok, first and second) of the Big Five to offer 4G in the UK, undoubtedly giving the network an unfair advantage over its competitors – O2, Three and Vodafone.
In an interview with the Sunday Times, Vodafone’s UK CEO, Guy Laurence, was openly opposed to the move, suggesting that Ofcom was “taking leave of their senses,” and “all but agreeing to grant the largest player in the market a head-start on the next generation of mobile internet services."
Of course, Ofcom will entertain formal objections from O2, Three and Vodafone before any decision is made final. The regulator said: "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."