Re: Whinge and Whine by Voda / O2. Pots/Kettles/Black things!!!
""EE didn't complain when O2 and Voda used existing 2G spectrum for 3G giving them a massive advantage coveragewise (especially inbuilding) over the rest of the operators""
Erm, I think that you'll find that they did, and quite vocally too, completely contrary to their tone today! Cake and eat it springs to mind, as they responded that they felt that the 1800 should be refarmed by the holders (i.e. themselves) but that:
""Orange supports Ofcom’s view that the there should be a partial mandatory release of 900 MHz spectrum from the incumbent 900 MHz holders to Ofcom""
"In summary, T-Mobile supports:· 3 blocks of 900MHz spectrum being re-assigned in 2010 either by an auction or a beauty contest ....... the existing 900 MHz operators should also be restricted from refarming their spectrum prior to the spectrum reassignment".
More importantly, EE have to give up 15MHz/25% of their 1800 spectrum as a European Commision condition of their merger. Tellingly the reason for this is **specifically** so that EE could not steal a march on the competition on LTE!
After going ahead with the merger, EE have already said 'Aw please can we not give up the spectrum, or at least make it only 10MHz' so spare us the bleeding heart routine. If they follow thier own 'advice' to OfCom then they must be prevented from re-farming 1800 before they have to give it up next year.