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It is vital that European countries come to an agreement on parts of the spectrum to be used for mobile broadband, according to one industry figure.

Speaking at the Mobile World Congress, Rob Conway, chief executive and GSMA board member, called for nations to work together in order to ensure that the "stable regulatory climate" is in place for the development of mobile broadband.

Mr Conway urged European states to hand out the same parts of spectrum to the mobile broadband industry, opening up more opportunities for businesses producing equipment.

"Wherever possible, governments need to allocate the same chunks of spectrum as other countries in their region, enabling equipment manufacturers to gain economies of scale by producing mobile broadband handsets, computers and other devices that will work in many different markets," he said.

As well as representing over 750 mobile operators, the GSMA also boasts 200 member organisations from the wider mobile industry, such as equipment manufacturers and software companies.

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