EE wants a bit of company.
Everything Everywhere has had a pretty lengthy lead on the competition when it comes to the UK's 4G LTE market. The company launched its 4G network eight months ago, in October of last year, and is still all on its own, despite the fact that Vodafone, O2 and Three all acquired spectrum in Ofcom's spectrum auction earlier this year.
Speaking today, EE said it didn't think it was 'fair' that Vodafone and O2 hadn't yet launched their networks. TechRadar cites EE's Director of Network Integration & LTE, Mansoor Hanif, as saying:
"I think they've [O2 and Vodafone] been a little bit unfair with us. We all got a fair shot at rolling out 4G networks fast. We're happy and we're actually quite surprised the others have been slow, we're feeling a bit lonely."
Hanif's remarks were made at a press briefing in London. The EE exec also said that his company wanted "clear, fair competition." Late in May, Vodafone revealed that it wouldn't be launching its 4G LTE network until the end of the summer.
"We are convinced our own 4G will be better performing," said Vodafone's chief executive, Vittorio Colao, said at the time. "We want to be able to launch it when it's really ready. End of the summer means when there is going to be a good commercial window for launching it."
Meanwhile, O2 has promised more details of its 'mind-blowingly aggressive' roll-out this summer while Three UK has said it will be the end of the year before it rolls out its 4G service.