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4G mobile broadband will reach the UK this year

Everything Everywhere receives green light from Ofcom

Everything Everywhere has gained approval to roll out 4G mobile broadband this year.

The owner of mobile operators Orange and T-Mobile has been given the go ahead by regulator Ofcom to deliver 4G from next month. The firm will use its existing 1800MHz spectrum to offer 4G ahead of its rivals. See also: Vodafone hits out at Ofcom's 4G decision.

Ofcom said: "Following a consultation, Ofcom has concluded that varying EE’s 1800 MHz licences now will deliver significant benefits to consumers, and that there is no material risk that those benefits will be outweighed by a distortion of competition."

It explained that it is required to allow the 900MHz and 1800MHz spectrums to be used for 4G under European Commission Decision. Ofcom said that "Delaying doing so would therefore be to the detriment of consumers."

Ofcom's plans for the auction of 4G spectrum (800MHz and 2.6GHz) will go ahead as planned. Bids will be made this year and rollout will follow during 2013 putting rivals including O2, Vodafone and Three well behind.

Everything Everywhere can launch 4G services from 11 September as part of the decision but no date has been announced.

"Ofcom’s decision to make 4G available this year is great news for the UK. Consumers will soon be able to benefit from the much greater mobile speeds that 4G will deliver. 4G will drive investment, employment and innovation and we look forward to making it available later this year, delivering superfast mobile broadband to the UK." commented Everything Everywhere.

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