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October 19, 2009

Mobile broadband to be extended

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by David Allen

Universal broadband has been given a boost as the UK’s Minister for Digital Britain, Stephen Timms, has put together proposals that could see mobile broadband operators providing the much needed broadband service to rural areas.

In order to for this to work the government is looking to offer mobile providers indefinite 3G licences, as long as mobile broadband can cover up to ninety per cent of the UK.

Back in 2000, the five mobile operators paid over £22 billion in order to access the 3G network but, so far, it only covers eighty per cent of country.

The whole deal depends on O2 and Vodafone.

It is the spectrum jointly operated by these two firms that is best suited to provide the government’s demands.

As long as this spectrum can be split between the five operators, the plan should succeed.

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