UK carriers want to accelerate LTE deployment

UK carriers want to accelerate LTE deployment
It all boils down to the auction time-table and rules. The four major carriers are lobbying telecom regulator Ofcom to revise the spectrum auction rules, arguing that streamlining the auction period, and reducing the time to reallocate existing spectrum, would mean LTE services would be going live in the spring of 2013 instead of autumn 2013.

Under the current plan, Ofcom would begin taking bids early next year. The winning bidders would rollout the new services in the fall of 2013. The carriers first want to shorten the bidding time-table, which seems a simple enough task if all interested parties are following the same game plan.

Then there is the task of clearing the spectrum to be auctioned, 800MHz and 2600MHz. Shortening the auction period is for naught if the plan to clear the spectrum is not also accelerated. Many of the carriers have a strong interest in seeing this through since EE announced their plans to light up their LTE network in 16 cities by the end of 2012. EE’s LTE network will be on a different spectrum block at 1800MHz.

If the major players come to an agreement, then it looks like there will be broader LTE deployment across the UK a lot earlier than planned.

source: Mobile Magazine



1. Aaron_R96 unregistered

Good! It's ridiculous that this is taking so long, especially behind other nations.. and even more ridiculous that EE have been allowed it on a different spectrum to the rest!

2. Mozarrt

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

The integration of 4G services is going rather slow, and our government (in the Netherlands is causing it), They should hurry up with the bidding process, and hopefully this will also break the monopoly of the big 3 around here. Luckily our 3(.5)G network is pretty fast here, but we pay huge sums of money for it.

3. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

i really wonder what took them so long to make it! i mean asia especially Philippines already have an LTE networks!

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