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Five of the UK's leading internet service providers could be close to reaching an agreement on the outcome of mobile broadband radio spectrum.

As part of its Digital Britain report, the government called for the 900MHz band of spectrum to be reallocated towards mobile broadband services.

Currently, it is used by O2 and Vodafone primarily for 2G services, most of which are voice calls, despite its suitability for 3G and 4G mobile broadband.

While it looked like an impasse had been reached regarding how this spectrum would be divvied up, the Guardian has reported that business secretary Lord Mandelson recently sat down with heads from O2, Orange, T-Mobile, Vodafone and 3.

Untapping the potential of the 900MHz band of spectrum is a key part of the government's universal service commitment to deliver 2Mb broadband to everyone in the UK by 2012.

The newspaper reported that Lord Mandelson, who has received criticism in recent days for his plans to tackle broadband filesharing, hoped to "bang some heads together" at the sit down and reach a consensus.

It is widely reported that an agreement must be reached before the government can auction of radio spectrum that will be freed up by the analogue TV switch off in 2012.

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