O2 tight-lipped on claims it is to legally challenge 4G verdict

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Reports claim Telefónica has threatened legal action against decision to let Everything Everywhere launch 4G this year

O2 has refused to comment on reports that it is set to launch a legal challenge to stop Everything Everywhere launching its 4G service this autumn.

Reports in the national press claimed O2’s parent company Telefónica had written to Ofcom threatening legal action through the Competition Appeals Tribunal against the regulator’s decision to allow EE to launch the service ahead of its rivals.

Following Ofcom’s announcement last week rival networks all said they were disappointed by the decision with O2’s spokesperson claiming: “The majority of customers will be excluded from the first wave of digital services. The decision undermines the competitive environment for 4G in the UK.”

A Vodafone spokesperson added: “The regulator has shown a careless disregard for the best interests of consumers, businesses and the wider economy through its refusal to properly regard the competitive distortion created by allowing one operator to run services before the ground has been laid for a fully competitive 4G market.”

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