The four major carriers in the United Kingdom have joined forces in an effort to speed up the rollout of 4G networks across Britain. EE, O2, Three, and Vodafone have formed a joint venture called Digital Mobile Spectrum Limited, which will take advantage of the U.K.’s unused 800MHz frequency band to deploy 4G services.
The rollout is expected to begin in spring of next year, and according to Ofcom — the U.K.’s telecommunications regulator — the joint venture will accelerate the expansion of 4G services across the country.
The 800MHz frequency band was previously used for TV signals, The Next Web reports, but since the switch to digital TV in the U.K., it’s not being used. Now Digital Mobile Spectrum Limited will put it to good use while ensuring that Freeview TV signals aren’t affected by interference from 4G networks.
EE will launch its own 4G network, which used the 1800MHz frequency band, at the end of October in several major cities, including Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Leeds, Sheffield, Manchester, Liverpool, London, and Glasgow.
The new venture is terrific news for mobile users in the U.K., of course, because it means those who aren’t on EE should see 4G networks from their own providers relatively quickly. It’s also good news for the networks, because the quicker they can rollout 4G themselves, the less likely they are to lose customers to EE.
[Via: The Next Web]