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Access to next-generation broadband funds laid out in the Digital Britain report should be extended to mobile operators.

That was the commonly expressed sentiment at the Westminster eForum in London this week, where the importance of mobile broadband providers to government plans for the digital economy was highlighted, itpro.co.uk reports.

According to the website, speakers at the event agreed that ADSL and cable broadband providers do not have the infrastructure to carry on without support from the mobile sector.

Furthermore, as a result of the importance of the continued rollout of 3G and 4G broadband services, it was felt that mobile operators should be able to apply for a share of the money being raised to fund next-generation networks.

Alastair Davidson, director of strategy and marketing at communications company Arqiva, told the website: "We believe that the broadband fund needs to be made available to all - wireless as well as fixed-line operators."

Currently, mobile broadband providers in the UK are preparing to bid for new spectrum allocations which will be freed up following the switch-off of analogue television services.

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