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Ofcom has confirmed it will reform the law to permit ultra-wideband (UWB) technology to be used without a license.

The change in the law will waive the need for a licence for a UWB connection which is not affixed to any outdoors applications or to a car or a railway carriage.

Ofcom is thought to have made the move in an attempt to encourage greater take-up for the radio technology.

Ed Richards, chief executive at Ofcom, said: "Radio spectrum is an essential raw material in the development of converged communications services.

"Where possible, we want to remove restrictions on the use of spectrum to allow the market to develop new and innovative services - such as UWB - for the benefit of consumers."

The new legislation is effective as of Monday August 13th and comes within a matter or weeks of the first UWB devices being adjudged to meet the Wireless USB standard.

UWB technology does not affect narrow band users and can be used in global positioning systems and radar imaging.

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