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High-speed broadband coverage is to be extended across the whole of the UK's transport network, it has been confirmed.

Plans contained within the government's Digital Britain report, which was published yesterday (June 16th), revealed that mobile broadband internet access will be made available across the entire rail network.

As a result, commuters will be able to make phone calls and work on laptops uninterrupted as they travel by train or via London's underground tube network.

The report proposed that Britain's transport networks should be made broadband and phone-friendly by 2012, in time for London to host what is being billed as the most "digital" Olympic Games yet.

It suggested that mobile network operators should "take the initiative to improve the broadband access for mobile customers travelling by tube - including the huge influx of international visitors to the London Olympics".

Mobile broadband has been highlighted by the government as an important part of the government's strategy for universal broadband coverage.

It intends to reallocate radio spectrum to boost competition between mobile broadband suppliers providing Long Term Evolution and other next-generation services.

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