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The government's advisor on mobile broadband services has announced a new set of proposals aimed at boosting coverage of the technology across the country.

Kip Meek unveiled a range of measures last week, including the provision of indefinite extensions to the 3G licences of the UK's five mobile broadband operators.

It is hoped the move will help increase access to broadband services across the UK by enabling providers to deliver high-speed internet access over mobile devices.

Under the proposals, the government would also offer up more bandwidth when the analogue television signal is switched off in 2012, allowing greater opportunities for broadband companies to use the bandwidth to deliver faster broadband access.

The scheme is expected to help deliver speeds of 4Mb across the country when it is introduced - double the government's existing target.

Communications minister Lord Carter announced plans earlier this year to ensure every UK internet connection could provide speeds of 2Mb or more by 2012.

However, critics argued the move was not effective enough, because many applications such as the BBC's iPlayer already need at least 2Mb to run effectively.

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