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Ed Vaizey says UK networks are to blame for the slow 4G rollout

Don't point fingers at the government
Wed Jun 20 2012, 12:02
Conservative MP Ed Vaizey is minister for culture communications and creative industries

UK COMMUNICATIONS MINSTER Ed Vaizey has said that the government isn't to blame for the slow 4G rollout in the UK, blasting the mobile networks for causing delays.

Speaking at the Future of Entertainment Summit in London today, Vaizey said that those complaining about the delay in installing 4G services throughout the UK should blame the mobile network operators, not the government or regulator Ofcom.

He said, "If you want to look for someone to blame for the delay of 4G services in the UK, don't blame Ofcom or the government, and blame mobile networks.

"Every single one is threatening to sue, not Ofcom, if they get they get it wrong, which is continuing to prolong the rollout of 4G in Britain."

Vaizey added that 4G is on track for a UK rollout "in 2013", suggesting that Everything Everywhere's plans to launch it this year might not go ahead as originally planned.

During his talk, although it was brief, Vaizey also emphasized that the Communications Review is keen to focus on protecting intellectual property by putting a stop to online 'piracy', in a bid to bring more content providers to the UK.

"Looking ahead, in an age where we focus a lot on internet piracy, content is key. That is fantastic for the UK as we are good at making content - a third of magazine apps in the Itunes Store, for example, are from British publishers.

"To bring more content providers to the UK, our priorities right now are to build digital infrastructure, to support and protect content from IP threat, and of course, to bring regulations up to date - in order to protect consumers' privacy. We also need to create the right conditions for continued investment in content.

"Investment in content requires a strong regime to protect intellectual property. The UK ad industry is putting into place the largest scheme in the world to protect content from piracy websites."

Vaizey promised that blocking onlne 'piracy' web sites in the future will be done much more quickly and efficiently than the recent Pirate Bay blocking, and said he's been in talks with Google to ensure that consumers won't be able to find a way around it. µ


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