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Jeremy Hunt wants an end to 4G auction delays

Operators must drop arguments, move on
Wed Sep 14 2011, 09:54

THE UK'S MOBILE OPERATORS must put aside their differences over the 4G broadband rollout and free up the service for nationwide use, according to Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt.

Hunt, in a speech to the Royal Television Society's Cambridge Convention, will complain about delays so far and call for peace as he argues that the auction is in the "national interest", according to the Telegraph.

"We must press on as quickly as possible with the 4G auction," he will say, according to the newspaper, making the point that we must act to keep pace with other nations.

"Sweden completed their auction in 2009, Germany last year, Italy is doing theirs this week and France will finish theirs this year. Mobile phone operators must put aside competitive differences and work together in their common - and our national - interest to make this happen."

It's a big week for Hunt on the speech front and just yesterday he was preparing himself for a talk on why firms like Google should do more to help fight copyright infringement over the internet. In that case he suggested that legislation might be needed to encourage search firm involvement, but here he seems to prefer a softer approach.

This might or might not have anything to do with pressure exerted by big media companies and their copyright holder cartels. µ


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