Vodafone Launching 4G By End of Summer

Vodafone has confirmed it will be launching 4G services in the UK “by the end of the summer”.

The news came as part of an announcement that the MNO is increasing investment in its network infrastructure by 50 per cent this year, up to a total £900m – equivalent to £2.5m every day.

The money will be used to support its preparations for the 4G launch, and to create what Vodafone is calling a seamlessly integrated fixed and mobile network.

“This is great news for customers and further evidence of our commitment to deliver our best ever network,” said Vodafone UK chief executive Guy Laurence. “For consumers, it’s another important step towards the arrival of our ultra-fast 4G service later this year. It is also great news for the country. We’re investing in vital national infrastructure that can help play an important role in supporting growth in the wider economy.”

Vodafone was the biggest spender in the Ofcom spectrum auction in February, coughing up £802m to secure 2 x 10 MHz tranches of the 800 MHz spectrum, and 2 x 20 MHz of the 2.6 GHz spectrum, plus 1 x 25 MHz of 2.6 GHz (unpaired) spectrum. It was the single largest haul of any bidder, but its worth remembering that EE (which paid £588.9m) already held sufficient spectrum to launch its current 4G network.