Ofcom: 2G and 3G bandwidths for 4G liberalised

Saturday, July 13th 2013

Ofcom has liberalised bandwidths such as 900MHz, 2100MHz and 1800MHz (for the existing 2G and 3G spectrum) for 4G and other mobile technologies making it free for mobile operators. This allows broadband providers to choose the service that run on these spectrums.

Ofcom this way is trying to remove all barriers involved in the deployment of the latest mobile technology. Last year EE became the first 4G operator to roll out 4G services with the existing 1800MHz bandwidth and LTE services in 2012. It will thus allow mobile phone operators to get 4G using their existing 2G and 3G radio spectrum without the need of submitting future regulatory application. Thus the objective of liberalising mobile spectrum for all available technologies has been met.

Rivals of EE has stated that there will not be any impact on their 4G plans due to liberalisation and that LTE networks will be built using the bandwidth of Ofcom’s 4G spectrum. According to the operator of Vodafone, 4G will be run on 800MHz spectrum which will give complete satisfaction in the indoor use. They spent £802m in the recent 4G auction. At the same time they do not have enough facility to run 4G spectrum on 900MHz or 2100MHz spectrum while a small part of the 1800MHz spectrum is only available. The decision taken by Ofcom is welcome, it added.

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