One of the worst things about living in the UK is most defiantly the constant delays in the rollout of 4G networks, which according to the Minister for Culture the carriers are to blame, and said during the Future of Entertainment summit that constant legal threats from various mobile carriers are the root to these delays “Just about every mobile service provider has threatened to sue Ofcom if they get it wrong,” and that “If you want to look at the delay, don’t look at Ofcom, don’t look at the Government, ask your mobile service provider.” Which does make sense, the official rollout is currently scheduled for 2013 but due to these legal battles Ed Vaizey mentioned this could take longer depending on how long the carriers what to persist in the threats.
In response to this Everything Everywhere has given their own response to Vaizey’s mention of carriers stretching out the 4G rollout in the UK to Pocket-Lint:
“Everything Everywhere has no appetite for delaying the spectrum auction, nor any appetite for litigation against Ofcom. We haven’t threatened Ofcom with litigation at any stage in this auction process.”
“We strongly believe that we need 4G in Britain as soon as possible, as the UK is already behind 38 other countries with a commercial LTE roll out.”
“Everything Everywhere is investing and innovating to bring 4G to the UK as soon as possible, and has requested permission from Ofcom to launch 4G on a small scale this year, using its existing 1800Mhz spectrum.”