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Everything Everywhere To Sell UK 4G Spectrum 16

Posted by timothy
from the what-a-brilliant-name dept.
judgecorp writes "UK operator Everything Everywhere is opening up the market for 4G services by selling some 1800MHz spectrum. Real 4G is slow to arrive in Britain as the big spectrum auction is still stalled, but Everything Everywhere is planning to deliver LTE services this year. European competition law required Everything Everywhere to sell spectrum to its rivals when it was formed from the UK networks of T-Mobile and Orange."
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Everything Everywhere To Sell UK 4G Spectrum

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  • by Threni (635302)

    Someone recap for me please. Millions of pounds for...slightly faster internet on my phone? It's kind of fine now, really. Can I opt out of this, and the extra expense the phone companies are going to pass on down to me, please?

    • by vlm (69642)

      Someone recap for me please. Millions of pounds for...slightly faster internet on my phone? It's kind of fine now, really. Can I opt out of this, and the extra expense the phone companies are going to pass on down to me, please?

      Its all a mistake. naughty editors. "Everything Everywhere" isn't a UK phone operator, its the motto of their government surveillance service.

      • "Everything Everywhere" isn't a UK phone operator, its the motto of their government surveillance service.

        It's both.

    • by Xest (935314)

      Yes, because we all know that technology never moves forward, and everything that's fine now will be fine for whatever new fad comes around tommorrow.

      The whole "it's fine as is!" argument completely ignores the fact that this isn't about what's around now, it's about what's going to be around tommorrow and ensuring the infrastructure is in place to support that. This is how things like improvements to landline based broadband led to the possibility of things like Steam, and Netflix.

  • by cardpuncher (713057) on Tuesday April 10, 2012 @10:20AM (#39631417)

    There's a real shitstorm brewing in the UK over mobile phone frequency allocations. There were originally two GSM networks (which are now O2 and Vodafone) operating in the 900MHz band on gifted spectrum. What became T-Mobile and Orange got spectrum at 1800MHz a bit later. There was a subsequent auction of bandwidth for 3G at 2100MHz which all four acquired along with new entrant Three. T-Mobile and Orange have now merged into Everything Everywhere and therefore have lots more spectrum than everyone else. However, it's the 900MHz band - together with spectrum around 800MHz which has been cleared of analogue TV - which is the real prize as it's propagation characteristics are much better, particularly within buildings.

    The real issue going forward is going to be the equitable distribution of 800MHz and 900MHz for 4G use and since various subsets of all the networks are disadvantaged either by the status quo or any change to the status quo, every proposal so far has been met with threats of lawyers at dawn. More 1800MHz spectrum is second best.

    This is one of those situations in which "let the market decide" is probably going to result in stalemate or a seriously suboptimal solution for the consumer.

One possible reason that things aren't going according to plan is that there never was a plan in the first place.

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