Ofcom considers 4G licence for UK

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With controversy raging over the new iPad's lack of compatibility with European 4G LTE frequencies, there's some potentially good news from Ofcom on the question of when the UK will get its first 4G service.

The industry regulator is apparently hoping to change Everything Everywhere's spectrum licence to allow it to deliver 4G services before the end of this year.

Everything Everywhere – which operates the Orange and T-Mobile networks – wants to convert some of its 1800Mhz spectrum for the 4G service, which would require a new licence allowing the switch from 3G to 4G.

Ofcom has published a notice of intention to allow the changes to go ahead. Let's hope it does.

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Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching whathifi.com in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.