Ofcom has approved an application by Everything Everywhere, owner of the Orange and T-Mobile networks, to use its existing 1800 MHz spectrum to deliver 4G services.
Following a consultation, Ofcom has concluded that varying Everything Everywhere's 1800 MHz licences now will deliver "significant benefits" to consumers and outweigh any competition concerns.
The decision takes account of the forthcoming release of additional spectrum in the 800 MHz and 2.6 GHz bands, in an auction process set to begin later this year, which will enable other operators to launch competing 4G services from next year.
In parallel with this decision, Ofcom has now issued varied licences to EE which authorise LTE services from 11 September 2012. This means that EE can launch LTE services at any point from that date although the specific timing will be a commercial decision for the company.
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