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Ed Vaizey blames mobile networks for 4G delay

Thursday, June 21st 2012
Ofcom is not to blame for the delay in the rollout of 4G, according to Ed Vaizey.
Ed Vaizey blames mobile networks for 4G delay
Communications Minister Ed Vaizey has laid the blame for the delay to the introduction of super-fast 4G mobile broadband technology on network operators.

Ofcom has often come in for criticism for the continued lengthy process of introducing 4G services in the UK, but Mr Vaizey argued that the delay has more to do with complaints and threats of legal action from the mobile networks.

According to TechRadar, the politician told attendees of the Future of Entertainment Summit in London: "Ofcom needs to go through a massive process [with 4G] as it will get sued by telcos if it doesn't get it right."

Current issues with the rollout of 4G stem from Everything Everywhere's desire to introduce the technology before the end of this year using some of its existing spectrum, with O2 and Vodafone arguing that this would give the company an unfair head start over the market.

A host of businesses - including Kier Group, PC World and Zentek Forensics - have given their support to an Everything Everywhere campaign that seeks to deliver 4G to the UK as soon as possible.

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