Talks ongoing with Ofcom to bring 4G rollout forward

Talks ongoing with Ofcom to bring 4G rollout forward

Mobile network operators unhappy with the current 4G landscape have revealed they are in talks with Ofcom in a bid to speed up the roll out of 4G.

O2 and Vodafone are unhappy that Everything Everywhere, which will launch its 4G network imminently, has had a head start.

An O2 spokeswoman told the BBC that the firm wanted to launch its own network "as quickly as possible".

"We are pushing hard on behalf of our customers," she added. "We are hopeful we can come to some agreement to bring the current time line forward."

O2 and Vodafone may be preparing to petition Ofcom to allow them to reuse the 3G band for 4G services, which would enable them to offer 4G services to owners of the new Apple iPhone 5.

However, this seems unlikely to succeed as Matthew Howett, an analyst with research firm Ovum, revealed that Ofcom has said it could take up to ten years to free up the 3G spectrum for 4G.

Both O2 and Vodafone have threatened legal action over the 4G process, something which Ofcom has said it is ready for.