We Really Could Get 4G In the UK This Year, With Ofcom's Backing of Everything Everywhere's 2012 LTE Plan

By Sam Gibbs on at

We heard Everything Everywhere was champing at the bit to push out a 4G network in the UK before the end of 2012, but it was all subject to regulatory permission. Now it seems dear old Ofcom’s right behind EE’s plans, giving us hope we really could see a fully-fledged, proper 4G LTE network in the UK this year.

I can hardly believe what I’m hearing, but Ofcom has actually given its backing to Everything Everywhere’s plan to dump a portion of its 3G service that currently runs on the 1800MHz band for a new LTE-powered 4G service. In doing so the network will have to change its spectrum licence, but Ofcom’s all for it. In fact the only thing that stands in the way of 4G progress this year is the consultation period. Should no one object, EE will be unleashed to go ahead and roll out 4G across the country. Of course other cheesed-off networks might yet complain; it certainly would give EE a massive leg-up on the competition.

Let’s hope no one complains enough to derail this cracking plan and we actually get blazing 4G in the UK this year. It’d be leagues ahead of Ofcom’s previously speculated timescale of 2014-2015 for 4G in the UK, even if it is just limited to small pockets of the country initially. Now, where are our LTE-packing devices? I might be jumping the gun a bit, but I reckon it’s time to get some decent 4G phones, tablets and MiFis rolling in. And no, the new iPad still wouldn't work on our LTE. [TechRadar]

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