Thursday, 23 August 2012

4G for the UK: frictionless competition acts against network innovation

Ofcom announced this week that it will allow mobile operator Everything Everywhere (the company behind UK GSM networks Orange and T-mobile) to use some of its allotted radio spectrum for new ‘4G’ services. The decision provoked a predictable round of grumbling from the otherUK mobile operators, who won’t have practical 4G spectrum until Ofcom has auctioned some in 2013. For a while, the playing field won’t be quite so flat as usual.