Remember when Three bought a chunk of now 4G-capable 1800MHz spectrum from EE? Well, it seems Three’s right-ready to launch a 4G network before the likes of Vodafone and O2. Could the UK’s next 4G network come from Three? Is unlimited 4G on the horizon?
Three’s got the spectrum, and just like EE could launch an LTE network right this minute, but there’s a catch. Part of the purchase agreement between EE and Three is that EE has to give the go-ahead to use the wireless spectrum and clear the airwaves. When it actually does that is the question, and to some extent up to EE and out of Three’s hands.
Thinking about it from EE’s perspective, why on Earth would it give up its 4G monopoly early by freeing up Three to roll out its own network? So, even though Three is apparently raring to go, don’t hold your breath. Eventually, for sure, Three will have a 4G network to call its own, but whether it’ll roll out be any earlier than the likes of Vodafone’s or O2′s LTE network is unknown. Something tells me it’s highly unlikely. Let’s just hope that Three’s unlimited all-you-can-eat stance on data survives the transition to 4G, because that really would mean we’d be cooking with gas. [Cnet]
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