4G is already available in the UK from EE who got permission from OFCOM to use existing spectrum to provide 4G LTE in the UK ahead of the auctions. Sadly, the other operators don't have any spare spectrum and consequently have to wait until after the 4G auctions to roll-out 4G across the UK.
The bidders in the 4G auctions have already been unveiled with O2, Vodafone, Three, EE , BT , MLL Telecom and PCCW all taking part. The major UK operators will be keen to roll-out 4G as quickly as possible after the winning bidders are unveiled in March.
O2 have now announced that they've chosen Nokia-Siemens Networks to prepare its 4G network for its launch later in the year. Nokia-Siemens will be upgrading O2's network in London and the South-East to ensure that the operator can roll-out 4G as soon as possible.
As part of the agreement Nokia-Siemens Networks will be incorporating its cutting-edge network technology into O2's network including its Single RAN platform and Liquid Radio technology. The solution is based on the companies Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Station which is a award-winning 10 Gbps-capable base station.
The outcome of Nokia-Siemens Networks work will be a smooth 4G roll-out and a modernised 2G and 3G network. Overall, it's good news for O2 customers who'll benefit from improved network performance and even better news for those looking to get a 4G device.
3G will be keeping our readers up to date on all the latest developments in the 4G auctions and 4G's roll-out in the UK in the coming months !