EE, Telefónica O2, Three and Vodafone have formed a jointly controlled company to ensure the rapid roll-out of 4G services next year.
Digital Mobile Spectrum Limited, originally called MitCo, will be responsible for ensuring that consumers continue to receive clear Freeview TV signals following the launch of 4G mobile services in the 800 MHz spectrum band next Spring.
The creation of the company follows talks between the mobile operators, Ofcom and Government earlier this month and the decision to bring forward the implementation of 4G services following the auction by as much as six months.
Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Maria Miller said: "The roll-out of 4G is a huge step forward for mobile broadband services in the UK, and will be incredibly important in driving economic growth. I am pleased that the mobile operators will be working together to ensure that no viewers lose their television services when 4G is rolled out, and congratulate them on setting up the assistance scheme so quickly."
Andrew Pinder, who has been appointed to act as interim chairman of Digital Mobile Spectrum Limited said: "This is an excellent response by all mobile operators to the Minister's challenge to set up this company as quickly as possible. It represents a real milestone and I will continue to work with all of the mobile operators and other stakeholders to get plans in place for the rapid launch of 4G services on the spectrum to be auctioned next year."
The company will be funded by the successful bidders in the 800MHz auction due to take place before the end of 2012.
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