In the Communications Minister, Lord Carter’s, Digital Britain plan there is a call for mobile broadband providers to assist in connecting the UK up to broadband.
Both Orange and 3 have put their hands up and offered help.
Orange has made a firm offer to the regulator Ofcom, to provide its up-to-2 Mbps broadband service to approximately 98.5 per cent of the UK’s population at its own cost, which sounds fair enough.
In return Orange wants to be allocated two 5MHz slots of 900MHz with the annual fee remaining unchanged.
It is believed that it wants these slots to stay in touch with the allocations that Vodafone and O2 hold.
It is going to be difficult for Ofcom to please everyone, but at some stage it is going to have to make a decision and stick to it.