Everything Everywhere Authorized to Offer UK's First LTE Service Ahead of Next iPhone

As noted by The Next Web, UK communications regulator Ofcom today announced that it has awarded permission to carrier Everything Everywhere to begin using its existing 1800 MHz spectrum to offer LTE and WiMAX services beginning on September 11.

In a statement on its website, Ofcom announced that it had approved Everything Everywhere’s request to rebrand its 1800MHz spectrum to deliver 4G services from September 11, 2012, highlighting that as a result it would be able to deliver “significant benefits to consumers, and that there is no material risk that those benefits will be outweighed by a distortion of competition.“

It will take some time for Everything Everywhere, which currently operates the Orange and T-Mobile brands in the UK, to roll out the service, but a number of of observers have already pointed out that the effective date comes just one day prior to Apple's all-but-confirmed media event to introduce the next-generation iPhone.

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The current-generation iPad only supports LTE over 700 MHz and 2100 MHz frequencies, and Apple will need to support several other frequency bands if it wishes to support LTE service in major markets outside of the existing iPad compatibility in the U.S. and Canada. Just last week, Korean carriers reported that they were talking to Apple about supporting LTE service on their 800 MHz and 1800 MHz bands.

While Everything Everywhere is undoubtedly pleased by Ofcom's ruling giving it early permission to offer LTE service, The Verge notes that the carrier's competitors (Vodafone, Three and O2) are less enthusiastic as they look toward the UK's main auction of 800 MHz and 2600 MHz bands early next year, arguing that Everything Everywhere's advantage will distort the competitive landscape in the UK mobile market.

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Top Rated Comments

ciociosan Avatar
155 months ago
This is great for the UK. But other countries already have functioning 4G networks. I just hope Apple gets it's **** together and finds a way to include compatibility for more than just the US this time around.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
coziosco Avatar
155 months ago
Trial

Hi all,

Thought it would be worth mentioning I've been on the 4G trial up in the hills of Threlkeld in the Lake District for 6 or so weeks now and can only report good things.

I'm getting consistent 20-30Mbps download and usually above 10-15Mbps upload speeds with around a 50ms ping. This is using a simcard wifi router in the living room not quite in line of sight of the mast.

I've also been playing with a 4G mifi type device while wandering about town and have never dropped below 7Mbps download speed anywhere within range of the mast, usually getting consistent 10-15Mbps upload everywhere. Other triallists in the area all appear to be getting the same kind of speed.

Connection quality throughout the trial has been excellent, I'm very happy with it!
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Kebabselector Avatar
155 months ago
tethering.....at the moment you have to pay extra on O2 for this service.

I don't pay any extra for tethering on 02, it's included in the normal data bolt on.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ciociosan Avatar
155 months ago
They already did, but the carriers won't let them.

A Dutch company developed a sim cardless digital solution, i.e. you can program the phone to any country's requirements.

The sim card has absolutely nothing to do with the operating frequencies of the 4G chip..
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mattydodgy Avatar
155 months ago
Finally, some rumours that I actually care about and have an effect on me! Just hope O2 jump the gun early enough for me not to change carriers... This is great news.

I look forward to the day where I can cancel my broadband/cable and use my iPhone as a personal hotspot for all devices in the house. Running on LTE/4G will certainly be more beneficial than turtle pace Sky.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
rmwebs Avatar
155 months ago
Pretty funny that it took this long. After the British dust-up over the 3rd Gen iPad and 4G/LTE support, they are actually getting an actual 4G/LTE provider? :p

How will the Brits ever figure out the choices for themselves? /sarcasm ;)



Ain't sovereignty a beyatch?
I'd take the UK mobile system over the crappy US one any day ;) We've got a set of standards in place meaning you dont need a new phone every time you switch carriers. All our networks operate on the same band for 2G and 3G, you'll probably find that once the EE 1800mhz LTE band goes live we'll see it being licensed out to other networks (most likely Three). I highly doubt we'll ever have the situation the poor US consumers have to deal with though!

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T-Mobile is also the only UK provider that STILL offers unlimited data (AFAIK). O2 and Vodaphone stopped it long ago.
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