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Ofcom makes 4G available to other spectrums

News   •   Jul 10, 2013 09:27 BST

TechRadar reports that 4G can now “be rolled out on the 900 MHz, 1800 MHz and 2100 MHz bands, and gives networks the choice of which service to run on particular bands - be it 2G, 3G or 4G.” If networks use these spectrum bands for 4G, you will get to enjoy 4G on your Samsung Galaxy S4 on other networks aside from EE.

A Three spokesperson told the site, “The Ofcom announcement isn’t massively significant for Three. We don’t have a 2G network like the other carriers, so we don’t need to refarm that.

“In terms of 4G we’re focussing on the 1800MHz spectrum from Vodafone and the 800MHz we got from the auction.

“It’s useful to have the freedom in the future and it’s good to get it out the way now, but doesn’t really effect our business at the moment.”

A Vodafone spokesperson told the site, “This is part of Ofcom’s stated ambition to move towards being technology-neutral when it comes to licensed spectrum. This has long been trailed and is the last step towards achieving that ambition.

“It has no bearing on our 4G launch. We always wanted to run 4G on new 800MHz spectrum as it provides the level of indoor coverage our customers expect from us.

“As yet, there is very little kit available to run 4G on our existing 900MHz or 2100MHz spectrum and we only have a very small part of the 1800MHz spectrum.”

EE and O2 are yet to make a statement.

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