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Everything Everywhere plans LTE in UK
23 February 2012
France Telecom-Deutsche Telekom joint venture in UK seeks approval for 4G network roll-out
Everything Everywhere, the joint-venture firm which runs Orange and T-Mobile in the UK, is looking to start a 4G network development by the end of 2012, and is expected to become the first UK carrier to deploy LTE, reported Reuters. The operator has access to radio spectrum which can be used for faster services.
Olaf Swantee, CEO of Everything Everywhere, told journalists at a briefing: “We expect a small-scale commercial launch with focus on mobile broadband initially. We'll further expand in 2013 as more devices become available.”
The network roll-out is subject to Ofcom approval, allowing the use of 1800 megahertz spectrum for 4G, which Everything Everywhere hopes to receive by April or May, said the report.
The Deutsche Telekom-France Telecom joint venture is investing £1.5 billion in a network upgrade, and is planning to start LTE trials in Bristol from April. GTB
Further reading from Global Telecoms Business:
Deutsche Telekom 'may exit UK venture' 16 Feb 2012
Everything Everywhere to cut 550 staff 03 Nov 2011
Orange 'keen on network-sharing deals' 09 Jun 2011
DT and Orange set up equipment JV 18 Apr 2011
Orange and T-Mobile complete UK link 01 Apr 2010