Ofcom confirms 4G timetable for 2013

4G has been all about EE so far, with the network offering a service well ahead of the competition, albeit at a premium price. Hopefully the arrival of competition will bring with reduced pricing.

We'll find out for sure in June, which is when the services from the remaining networks are due to launch. Ofcom has now confirmed the full timetable for the rollout of 4G, with that June date being the most likely outcome after the auctions have been settled.

Applications from interesting companies are now being accepted, with a deadline of 11 December. Vodafone and O2 will no doubt have theirs in already. Bidding will then start in January, with licences granted for successful bidders in February and March. Services could be here as son as May, but a wide rollout is more likely in June. But expect adverts and promotions well in advance of then.

When the services do launch, it should mean 4G for more of the UK population, as opposed to the fairly niche offering of EE so far, which is confined to major cities. Vodafone is talking about 98% UK coverage by the end of 2013 if successful in its bid. If browsing speeds at the equivalent of home broadband are available on the go pretty much wherever you go, it should mean a radical change in the mobile landscape of the UK in a year's time.

We really can't wait, as long as the price is right.

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