Everything Everywhere 4G authorised by Ofcom

By Steven Hawthorn on 21/08/12

Everything Everywhere 4G authorised by OfcomMobile network operator Everything Everywhere has been given permission to bring 4G connectivity to the UK earlier than expected.

The company, which is behind Orange UK and T-Mobile, has been pushing for the all-clear from telecoms regulator Ofcom, but with little success.

Now The Telegraph has confirmed that Everything Everywhere will be free to roll out 4G mobile services, also known as fourth generation, from September 11.

Virgin Mobile customers should also benefit, as they utilise the T-Mobile and Orange networks.
Ofcom has said that there are “significant benefits” to consumers, but mobile network providers Vodafone and O2 have voiced their disappointment, citing competition fairness as a major concern.

Everything Everywhere is elated by Ofcom’s decision, stating: "Consumers will soon be able to benefit from the much greater mobile speeds that 4G will deliver. 4G will drive investment, employment and innovation and we look forward to making it available later this year, delivering superfast mobile broadband to the UK.”

4G technology will provide faster mobile internet to smartphone users, offering quicker download speeds and web browsing. Ofcom will auction the 4G bandwidth, allowing multiple providers to bid for a slice of the spectrum, and this will create competition and sidestep the issue of one company controlling price.

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