Ofcom to liberalise 4G spectrum

The independent regulator and competition authority for the UK communications industries Ofcom has given the green light to mobile network operators such as O2 and Vodafone to reuse 2G and 3G spectrum for 4G services.

Ofcom stated that network operators can reuse spectrum for 4G services, following requests by 3 and Vodafone for the regulator to allow LTE services in the 900MHz, 1800MHz and 2100MHz frequency bands.

The regulator’s decision to loosen its rules will be welcomed news for both O2 and Vodafone as this means both companies will not have to formally apply to use their existing resources to be able to offer their consumers 4G services.

“This decision delivers a long standing objective to liberalise all mobile licences so as to remove the regulatory barriers to deployment of the latest available mobile technology,” Ofcom said in a statement. “Even though operators may not seek to deploy 4G services in the newly liberalised bands in the immediate future, the interests of consumers will be served by the fact that these bands have been liberalised now, ahead of a market led transition to their use for 4G technology in future. As a result, operators can plan and implement a transition to 4G technology in these bands without having to engage in a further regulatory process.”

DTG Staff  |  11.07.2013

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