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Mobile broadband in the UK could be given a boost with the news that the 800MHz band could be freed up for use with the technology.

Ofcom has announced a consultation after proposing the move which it is said would benefit the 3G broadband industry greatly.

The communications watchdog plans to release 48MHz of the 806-854MHz frequency band, rather than the 72MHz being released across Europe.

Ofcom says it is moving towards the awarding of the "digital dividend" by the year 2010, with responses due from stakeholders by April.

"Our goal throughout has been to maximise the total value to society that using this spectrum is likely to generate over time," Ofcom explained in a statement.

"We concluded that, in general, the best way to achieve this is by taking a market-led approach, creating freedom and flexibility for users to make decisions about spectrum use."

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