Vodafone, O2 and Three concerns for Everything Everywhere 4G campaign
4G LTE networks are the future of the mobile space with major carriers in the United States rolling out their 4G networks, but when it comes to the United Kingdom, here we seem to be somewhat lagging in the 4G networks game, and some UK carriers appear to not want an early roll-out of 4G in the UK.
According to the guys over at Digital Spy, Everything Everywhere has now stepped up their campaign to get 4G data services launched early in the United Kingdom despite rival carriers mounting a continuing opposition.
I’m sure you know that Everything Everywhere a joint venture between T-Mobile and Orange, and they are asking consumers and business leaders to join 4GBritain, which is a new campaign to urge the UK government to do whatever is necessary to move forward with the roll out of 4G.
Apparently Ofcom will hold a major auction of spectrum at the end of the year that will enable operators to launch 4G networks; however, Everything Everywhere has suggested using some existing 1800MHz spectrum so 4G can be launched early.
But it appears that the UK’s three other main carriers, Vodafone, Three, and O2 are against Everything Everywhere’s proposal, as they have concerns that it would give Everything Everywhere an unfair advantage in the 4G market, and could enable the auction of spectrum to be held up by challenges.
As a result, Everything Everywhere has now launched the 4GBritain website, where individuals and organisations can find out more information on 4G and also let the UK government why they want 4G LTE networks.
Olaf Swantee, the chief exec of Everything Everywhere has said that many countries have already adopted 4G LTE, and it is important that the United Kingdom catches up, and research shows the significant social and economical benefits that 4G will bring to the UK.
So, what do our UK readers think, should Everything Everywhere be allowed to go ahead and launch a 4G LTE network early, or should the UK continue to have to wait until all carriers are ready?