Ovum comments: Ofcom proposals to allow 4G mobile services this year
In reaction, Matthew Howett, analyst at Ovum has the following comment:
"Ofcom's proposal to allow a variation of Everything Everywhere's 1800MHz spectrum licence is both consistent with the EC's liberalisation process and follows a request to Ofcom during the recent additional consultation on the award of the 800MHz and 2.6GHz bands. The proposal to grant EE's request is both a win for it and potentially consumers in terms of getting early access to 4G services - by as much as 15 months earlier than its competitors could launch services. As we commented on previously, there appears to be growing interest in deploying LTE at 1800MHz given the nice balance of characteristics the band has - good coverage possibilities whilst also providing for capacity - both of which are necessary ingredients of a good user experience. With Ofcom no longer guaranteeing EE spectrum in the upcoming award, it would have been unlikely to dismiss this request and could in some ways be seen as offering EE a carrot to not legally challenge Ofcom's current set of proposal for how the award should proceed.
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