Following requests from them to be able to use their existing spectrum for 4G, Ofcom has proposed freeing up the 900MHz and 2100MHz bands for the super-fast service
Ofcom has today proposed allocating more radio spectrum to 4G mobile services, a decision which means Vodafone and Three may in future be able to use their existing spectrum bands to provide super-fast mobile broadband services.
Vodafone has asked Ofcom if it can use its 900MHz, 1800MHz and 2100MHz bands for 4G, and Three have done the same for its 2100MHz slice of spectrum. EE last year gained permission from the regulator to use its 1800MHz to launch 4G, giving them a head start on the other operators.
As a result, Ofcom proposed today that the 900MHz, 1800MHz and 2100MHz bands be freed up for 4G mobile broadband. The 900MHz and 2100MHz bands are currently being used for 3G services.
It said its decision is part of a long-term objective to liberalise all mobile licences so it can be used for the latest technology.
A statement from Ofcom said: “We propose to implement these proposals by varying the 900 MHz, 1800 MHz and 2100 MHz licences in those cases where licence variation requests have been received.
“This will meet a long standing objective to liberalise all mobile licences so that there are no regulatory barriers to the deployment of the latest available mobile technology.”