Mobile network operator Three have warned that it could run out of network capacity in 2012 unless its plans for network spectrum auctions are heard.
It would be a massive blow for Three customers, who could expect greatly reduced network reliability and far slower data transfer rates. Three are also fearful that rival operators Everything Everywhere, O2 and Vodafone may attempt to delay the auction in order to damage Three’s reputation.
“There is a huge financial incentive for rival operators to delay the auction. We are worried that the other three will attempt to squeeze us out of the market,” said David Dyson, CEO of Three.
The network auction would see the regulator Ofcom make space available in the 800MHz and 2.6GHz bandwidths, made available to 4G, LTE and 3G networks following the digital TV switchover. However sale has already been pushed back due to complaints by O”, with the auctions now not expected until the middle of next year.
Via: Tech Radar