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An agreement which had been drawn between the GSMA and the NGMN Alliance will allow mobile broadband users extended network coverage, it is hoped.

Under the new plans for co-operation, customers on mobile networks based on the Long Term Evolution (LTE) standard will be able to make use of the GSM, W-CDMA and HSPA networks said to cover more then 80 per cent of the global population.

Areas such as intellectual property rights and spectrum requirements are also covered by the two groups, with the aim of aiding the development of next generation mobile broadband services.

Chief technology officer of the GSMA, Alex Sinclair, commented "Now is the time for the mobile operator community to bring together all the pieces that are needed to ensure that our industry can meet the rapidly rising global demand for mobile broadband services in the decade beyond 2010."

Italian phone groups Telecom Italia and Fastweb recently struck a similar deal to build a new capacity-enhanced broadband network.

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