Ofcom: UK 4G mobile services could be here this year

Mainstream 4G mobile services could be available in the UK as early as this year, under proposals outlined today by Ofcom.

The mobile phone operator Everything Everywhere has submitted an application to Ofcom to use its existing spectrum to deliver 4G services. According to Ofcom, allowing Everything Everywhere to reuse its spectrum in this way is likely to bring material benefits to consumers, including faster mobile broadband speeds and – depending on how the company uses the spectrum – potentially wider mobile broadband coverage in rural areas. Ofcom says it doesn't believe that allowing Everything Everywhere to use this spectrum in this way would distort competition has allowed this change of use based on the benefits it would bring to consumers. Ofcom says interested parties have four weeks in which to submit their views on this proposed change.