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Gaps in the UK's national broadband infrastructure should be filled with wireless (Wi-Fi) networking connections and not 3G, according to one industry expert.

Selina Lo, chief executive of Ruckus Wireless, has told eWEEK Europe that 3G does not hold the "right attributes" to fill such gaps.

The UK government plans to use 3G to plug spaces where phone lines cannot provide a good broadband service and the expert is advising that Wi-Fi is used instead.

She claimed that for 3G to be capable of providing 2Mb broadband people need to be "really close by" to a base station.

"You don't normally even get 1Mb unless you are close to the base station," added Ms Lo.

Speaking about the potential of Wi-Fi, she said: "In a lot of developing markets we can see that the outdoor access can provide broadband, in places where copper is not available."

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers recently approved the official 802.11n specification for wireless networking.

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