Mobile phone providers could help with the government’s plan to provide broadband access to all areas of the UK, including those areas in rural Britain where fixed line broadband is not available.
This plan will come at a cost though as the mobile broadband industry will require the regulator Ofcom to free up a quarter of the digital dividend spectrum, in order to provide this national service.
The digital dividend spectrum will be freed up when the digital switchover has taken place.
This is due to be completed in 2012, which means although there is talk of it now, the provision of a national broadband service will have to wait until the space is made available.
There is of course an additional problem – Europe!
The spectrum will need to be harmonised throughout the EU in order to make sure that the providers are all using the same part.