On 21 August 2012, Ofcom announced their decision to grant Everything Everywhere variations to its existing 1800 MHz licences to enable it to provide services using LTE and WiMax technologies in those frequencies. Everything Everywhere will be the only operator capable of launching its own LTE services prior to the auction of the 800 MHz and 2.6 MHz bands in 2013 (see above). In Ofcom’s view, there is potential for material consumer benefits in the form of better quality data services available to Everything Everywhere’s customers. Ofcom consider that the competitive advantage that Everything Everywhere may enjoy is unlikely to result in an enduring advantage that distorts competition.

The variation of the licences came into force on 11 September 2012.

For more information please go to: http://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/consultations/variation-1800mhz-ltewimax/ statement