Ofcom hits out at operators for delays in 4G rollout caused by their squabbling
Everything Everywhere, the parent company of T-Mobile and Orange in the UK, has again called for 4G mobile broadband to be introduced.
Research commissioned by the company and carried out by Capital Economics found that the UK will see 'significant' social and economic benefits when 4G mobile broadband finally arrives.
Everything Everywhere has now launched a campaign called 4GBritain to raise awareness of the benefits of 4G.
Mark Pragnell, who worked on the report for Capital Economics, said: "4G mobile networks can deliver significantly faster and more reliable mobile internet connections.
"The research shows that rolling out 4G will kickstart a new cycle of investment and innovation in internet services and mobile devices for consumers, and productivity benefits for businesses."
The rollout of 4G in the UK has been held up by corporate squabbling over how to split the new services. Responding to today's developments, Ofcom said that it would continue to act in the interest of consumers.
Ofcom said: "Delays have been caused by legal challenges and threats of future litigation from various companies as they seek to defend their own commercial positions. While we recognise the need for companies to protect the interests of their shareholders, our role is to promote the interests of consumers."
Ofcom is currently considering a proposal by Everything Everywhere to use its existing 1,800MHz spectrum to host 4G mobile broadband. Rival operator Vodafone has threatened legal action if such a move were to be approved, saying it wasn't right for one company to be given such a headstart.
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