Major mobile service provider Everything Everywhere is prodding the UK government to take immediate steps for the setting up of 4G services in the country, albeit making Britain just the 35 th nation to launch 4G.
BBC reported this morning that the Internet service firm is urging businesses to boost the current 4GBritain campaign which has been urging the London government to quicken the pace toward the launching of the advanced 4G service throughout the country.
The call came even as wrangling among operators over how the airwaves would be distributed contributed to the delay in the set-up.
Everything Everywhere (EE) is the merger of T-Mobile and Orange and was responsible for starting the campaign for the immediate installation of the 4G service infrastructure in the UK. It said in its statement yesterday that potential members will be treated as equal partners, aiming to stop the background battles for control of the system.
In making its latest appeal, EE said Britain is so far behind the other 34 countries already benefitting from the advanced Internet browsing system, citing the big technological lead being enjoyed by the US, Scandinavia and Germany despite the UK’s early position as leader in mobile technology.
The crux of the delay appears to be the still unsuccessful spectrum auction process, where rival service providers have been at loggerheads as to who will sell what spectrum and how.
In brief, certain frequencies are up for grabs because of what is termed good in-building penetration for Web access, browsing for instance.
EE has its own 4G plans, and so has rival firms O2 and Vodafone, which have threatened to go to court if spectrum distribution is not resolved soon.