Ofcom, UK telecommunication authority has granted preliminary approval for UK’s first commercial LTE network, allowing Everything Everywhere, a joint venture between Deutsche Telekom and France Telecom, to use the 1800MHz spectrum for LTE and potentially WiMAX on Orange and T-Mobile’s networks. Most of the 4G rollout is expected to take place on the 800MHz and 2.6GHz spectrum, which are currently being held for auction by the UK government.
Everything Everywhere announced last month that it would be testing its first 1800MHz LTE network in April following a successful trial on the 800MHz spectrum. Everything Everywhere, meanwhile, could potentially make LTE available within a few months of approval. It is expected that the spectrum to be awarded in early 2013, but won’t be available for use until late 2013 or early 2014.