Those seeking super-fast broadband rejoice, as after a bit of wrangling 4G is coming to the UK this month. Following crunch talks between the network carriers, media regulator Ofcom and culture secretary Maria Miller, an agreement has been reached to allow EE to rollout their 4G network across the country.
EE were granted permission by Ofcom to upgrade their current spectrum to 4G ahead of the rest of the spectrum being auctioned off in early 2013 to rival carriers, a decision that angered the likes of Vodaphone and 02 as it gave EE an effective monopoly over the service.
But they appear to have been appeased by Ofcom’s efforts to speed up proceedings by allowing those who bid for the 4G spectrum to launch working networks as soon as June 2013.
Maria Miller welcomed the plans to speed up the launch of 4G across various networks in the UK:
“Delivering 4G quickly is a key part of our economic growth strategy. I am grateful to the mobile operators for their co-operation in bringing forward vital 4G services.
"By speeding up the delivery of 4G in the UK, the Government is creating enormous opportunities. It is up to the operators to now deliver the services that businesses and consumers expect and we are confident they will succeed."
With the legal obstacles now removed, expect EE to open its 4G network to the public in the near future.
Written and presented by Alfred Joyner