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Ofcom is set to grant an indefinite extension to UK Broadband's 3.4GHz spectrum licence, it has been reported.

According to ISPreview.co.uk, the company's existing licence - which is needed to provide 4G and wireless broadband services - is due to expire in 2018.

With UK Broadband recently launching super-fast wireless service Relish, it is eager to secure the required spectrum for the long term.

Ofcom has granted preliminary approval to the firm's request, in a bid to provide greater security for the broadband operator going forwards.

The media regulator noted that UK Broadband is intending to deploy a 3.4GHz network, focusing initially on fixed wireless services and on mobile broadband in major urban areas.

"The services will reach an estimated 45 per cent of the UK’s population," Ofcom added.

"Before committing to the necessary investment the company says it requires long-term certainty over the 40MHz of spectrum it holds in the 3.4GHz band."

Ofcom said that granting the request would promote competition in the broadband sector and encourage investment and innovation.

It said this is in line with the regulator's statutory duties to further the interests of UK citizens and consumers.

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