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Ofcom has announced plans to liberalise the 900MHz, 2100MHz and 1800MHz spectrums, allowing broadband providers to choose which services they run on them.

The media regulator, which has been consulting on the proposals since February, is aiming to remove the barriers to deployment of the latest available mobile technology.

As such, broadband providers can plan their 4G service launches without the need to further engage in the regulatory process.

Speaking to TechRadar, a spokesperson for Three said that although the development did not affect the company's current strategy, it would be "useful" to have freedom in the future.

"It's good to get it out the way now, but doesn't really affect our business at the moment," the representative stated.

A spokesperson for Vodafone told the news provider that the spectrum liberalisation would have "no bearing" on its 4G launch plans.

"We always wanted to run 4G on new 800MHz spectrum, as it provides the level of indoor coverage our customers expect from us," the representative added.

"As yet, there is very little kit available to run 4G on our existing 900MHz or 2100MHz spectrum and we only have a very small part of the 1800MHz spectrum."

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