UK culture secretary Jeremy Hunt has warned that the rollout of superfast broadband in the country is slow and urged telecom firms to lay aside their differences.
Speaking at the Royal Television Society convention in Cambridge, Hunt said that he was afraid that UK will end up trailing behind the rest of Europe in terms of super-fast broadband.
Hunt went on to say that the government does not want the nation’s broadband to end up like railways as Britain built its high speed rail network 45 years after the French did and 62 years after the Japanese.
He also broached the subject of rivalries between broadband companies saying that they should set aside their feuds and forge infrastructure sharing agreements quickly.
“PIA [physical infrastructure access] has to be sorted out – and quickly - in a way that allows fair competition with different providers able to invest in our broadband infrastructure,” Hunt said.
“I am a strong believer that competition is the biggest driver of investment both at the retail and infrastructure level. But I do not believe the market is working as well as it should,” he added.
Hunt also asked mobile broadband companies to resolve their issues so that the 4G auction could go head.