UK mobile carrier EE, which is a partnership between carriers Orange and T-Mobile recently announced that they would be launching the UK’s first 4G LTE mobile network.
This left the other carriers like Vodafone and O2 out of 4G LTE for the moment, and now an agreement has been reached which will see all of the four major mobile carriers in the UK offer 4G LTE in the UK by the spring of 2013.
The UK Culture Secretary, Maria Miller has agreed a deal with the major carriers that will bring forward the auction of the remain 4G LTE capable spectrum in the UK to January of 2013, and this will allow the remaining networks to launch their 4G LG services around the spring of next year.
“Delivering 4G quickly is a key part of our economic growth strategy,” said Miller. ” I am grateful to the mobile operators for their co-operation in bringing forward vital 4G services. The open and collaborative approach taken between the government and the mobile companies will have hugely beneficial results for UK business and investment. We anticipate that 4G services will boost the UK’s economy by around £2-3bn.”
Vodafone and O2 had previously threatened legal action against EE and they have now agreed not to take any legal action against EE, they recently announced that they would merge their mobile networks in the UK, to bring better services to their customers and also roll out 4G LTE, they will still operate as two separate companies.
Source The Guardian