IT Pro is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more

Culture Secretary to hold 4G peace talks with telcos

Minister hopes to break legal deadlock that threatens UK 4G rollout.

Selection of smartphones

Culture Secretary Maria Miller is to host peace talks' between the major mobile phone operators to help put an end to the years of legal wrangling over the rollout of 4G networks in the UK.

A spokesperson for the Department of Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) confirmed reports about the proposed mini summit and told IT Pro a meeting will be taking place tomorrow evening.

Miller is said to want a "comprehensive armistice" between O2, Vodafone, Three, and EE (Everything Everywhere), according to a report in The Sunday Times.

Miller hopes an accord between the firms will speed up the deployment of 4G networks in the UK.

The talks follow years of squabbling between the four firms. Most recently, O2 was said to be considering legal action against EE after it was granted permission to recycle some of its existing spectrum to roll out 4G in the UK.

Sources close to the negotiations told IT Pro they welcomed anything that brought forward the auction, as each day without 4G is a disadvantage to the consumer.

A further source said they hoped the negotiations would put an end to the cycle of litigation, and that - if successful - the network auction could take place in spring 2013.

Rob Bamforth, an analyst at market watcher Quocirca, told IT Pro: "If this does bring the auction forward it is good news, as it will bring more open competition and innovation to the industry.

"However, it remains to be seen if this really will result in telcos reaching for their engineers rather than reaching for their lawyers."

Featured Resources

The state of Salesforce: Future of business

Three articles that look forward into the changing state of Salesforce and the future of business

Free Download

The mighty struggle to migrate SAP to the cloud may be over

A simplified and unified approach to delivering Enterprise Transformation in the cloud

Free Download

The business value of the transformative mainframe

Modernising on the mainframe

Free Download

The Total Economic Impact™ Of IBM FlashSystem

Cost savings and business benefits enabled by FlashSystem

Free Download

Recommended

Google Cloud and Vodafone announce AI Booster to energise next generation development
Cloud

Google Cloud and Vodafone announce AI Booster to energise next generation development

6 Jul 2022
IT Pro News in Review: Vulnerable Lenovo laptops, record EE 5G speeds, Okta ends LAPSUS$ probe
Security

IT Pro News in Review: Vulnerable Lenovo laptops, record EE 5G speeds, Okta ends LAPSUS$ probe

22 Apr 2022
EE rolls out 4G across Glasgow's underground network
mobile networks

EE rolls out 4G across Glasgow's underground network

29 Oct 2021
Vodafone sues UK government after missing out on £184m Foreign Office contract
public sector

Vodafone sues UK government after missing out on £184m Foreign Office contract

22 Oct 2021

Most Popular

Why convenience is the biggest threat to your security
Sponsored

Why convenience is the biggest threat to your security

8 Aug 2022
How to boot Windows 11 in Safe Mode
Microsoft Windows

How to boot Windows 11 in Safe Mode

29 Jul 2022
Microsoft successfully tests emission-free hydrogen fuel cell system for data centres
data centres

Microsoft successfully tests emission-free hydrogen fuel cell system for data centres

29 Jul 2022