EE welcome Ofcom decision to speed up 4G rollout


EE welcome Ofcom’s decision to bring forward 4G rollout – as O2 and Vodafone drop threats of legal action

EE has this evening (October 2) welcomed the decision by Ofcom to bring forward the UK 4G rollout by five months.

Ofcom announced earlier this evening the 4G auction process will begin this year with bidding now expected to start early 2013. The move means all operators could have a 4G network by mid 2013.

The decision also now removes any potential legal action against EE from Vodafone and O2 after it was given the green light by Ofcom to use its existing 1800Mhz spectrum for 4G services last month.

EE is expected to launch its 4G network services this month.

An EE spokesperson said: “We welcome the outcome of today’s meeting with the Culture Secretary and Ofcom, and thank them for their support in removing any threat of litigation and driving the speedy introduction of next generation 4G mobile networks for Britain.

“We now can turn our attention to setting and announcing a launch date for our service, which we will do so imminently.”