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The government has launched a new consultation which will look at ways to improve the UK's mobile broadband coverage.

Following on from a series of recommendations by Independent Spectrum Broker Kip Meek, the plans would increase access to the digital spectrum in an effort to expand mobile internet services to around 90 per cent of the country.

Stephen Timms, the Digital Britain minister, said the government would need to make the changes if its vision of "a world-class digital infrastructure" is to become an actual reality.

"This package will free up the airwaves for the expansion of wireless and 3G services, increasing their reach to consumers and businesses across as much as 90 per cent of the country, including rural communities," he added.

Mr Timms also thanked Kip Meek for providing a report which highlights "a clear way forward".

Last week, the Digital Britain minister confirmed that the government's universal broadband network would include a minimum connection speed of 2Mb.

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