Countries such as Russia, South Korea, Kenya and even Nepal
either have or will have 4G mobile internet networks by the end of
the year, Britons will have to wait until 2014 before they can
access such networks.
According to Ofcom the time and money needed to install a 4G
network system will be substantial.
The rights to use a 4G network system will be auctioned off in
2012 but Ofcom has said it is expecting a lot less money for it
than when they auctioned off portions of the 3G network.
The 4G networks will allow wireless mobile internet to be up to
25 times faster than the current speeds.
Three (3) and Everything Everywhere have been threatening Ofcom
with legal action after Ofcom handed over spectrum in the 900MHz
band to Vodafone and O2 earlier this year.
This put Three (3) and Everything Everywhere at a major
disadvantage when auctions proceed next year for the 4G
This threat could delay the implementation of the faster 4G
networks as Ofcom fights off the suit.
Ofcom's chief executive, Ed Richards said:
"I hope that all [operators] recognise that the UK needs to
move on with this now and accept that a judgment's got to be
"What I hope doesn't happen is that the debate spills over
into litigation because that will delay the award [of the spectrum
after the auction] and then there is only one loser - the British