Later today will see the UK network bigwigs sit around a table and have a serious powwow with regulator Ofcom about the plans for 4G.
Likely to be subject of discussion? Everything Everywhere’s plans to launch before everyone else.
The other networks are up in arms over Ofcom’s decision to let EE launch first, so we could see the spectrum auction brought forward to even things up a little. O2, Three and Vodafone can’t roll out 4G networks until the relevant parts of the spectrum have been auctioned off – for more, see our in-depth feature on 4G in the UK.
Ministers will be hoping to appease the angered operators, so it’s highly likely we’ll see the auction brought forward from its scheduled date at the beginning of next year. Other networks could mount a legal challenge against the decision, which would push 4G back for everyone. And considering we’re already lagging behind the rest of the world, no one wants that.
EE could also announce its launch date for 4G, which is expected to be at the end of the month.
It’s already said it plans to launch 4G in 16 UK cities by the end of the year, but is yet to set a concrete date.