Vodafone and O2 Launch LTE Networks in the UK

Two UK networks have launched their LTE networks, with Vodafone launching in the capital city, London and O2 launching in London, Leeds and Bradford.

Both networks will bring the first levels of competition to EE, which has been the sole LTE operator in the country ever since it was given permission to refarm its 1800 MHz spectrum last year.

O2 and Vodafone are using spectrum they bought earlier this year in the country’s 4G auction. The country’s fourth network, Three is still to launch its LTE service, but plans to start offering LTE coverage in three cities from December.

Vodafone says that having taken pre-orders since the 12th August, it has already signed up over 20,000 customers for its 4G service.

O2, Vodafone and EE are all charging a premium for their LTE service, while Three said that it will keep its 4G pricing at the same level as its existing 3G tariffs when it launches its service.

However, both O2 and Vodafone are betting on providing a range of data-intensive services, such as mobile content and video to encourage customers to pay a bit extra for their 4G services.

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