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Mobile telecommunications provider O2 has indicated it supports the government's plan to bring broadband internet access of at least 2Mb to the entire UK.

Currently O2 co-own the rights to the 900MHz section of the spectrum which would have to be opened up if proposals made by Lord Carter, the communications minister, are to come into effect - with the minister encouraging the current holders to relinquish control on crucial parts of the spectrum to move the plan forward.

At the moment O2 and the other section owner Vodafone are negotiating with Kip Meek, the independent spectrum broker, in an attempt to find a solution, with O2 understandably keen to retain it's holdings in order to benefit from the potential that this section of the spectrum could offer in the future.

The provider said in a statement: "We agree with the government that it is in the best interests of everyone to reach an industry-agreed solution – provided it doesn't affect our customers or commercial interests – so we will be focusing our attention on the discussions with Kip Meek rather than the Ofcom consultation."

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