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The telecoms industry regulator has announced the sale of a new radio spectrum that will be suitable for mobile broadband and TV services.

Setting a provisional deadline for applications of April 10th, Ofcom expects that the "L-Band" spectrum will go under the hammer before the end of the month.

Among the uses for the multi-purpose spectrum is mobile TV capacity, which could bring high resolution programming to a number of portable devices. Wireless and mobile broadband services could also be provided, as well as digital radio programming.

The regulator states that the sale forms part of a wider policy aiming to provide the UK telecoms industry with prime spectra to provide a range of digital services.

Ofcom's spectrum policy partner Philip Rutnam said: "This spectrum provides an opportunity for citizens and consumers to benefit from new services and greater competition."

The news follows a recent sale of a multi-use spectrum at the end of February which saw BT, Orange, T-Mobile and UK Broadband acquire new capacities for mobile and broadband use.

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