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Both the broadband industry and customers will benefit from the government's proposals to auction off parts of the mobile internet spectrum, according to an expert.

John Cluny, expert in telecommunications regulation at consultancy firm Interconnect Communications, has claimed the announcement is "great news" as providers will be able to expand their operations across the UK.

He added that the move would in turn lead to next-generation investment that will provide greater access and connection speeds to customers, particularly those in rural areas.

Mr Cluny explained: "The government and Ofcom should be congratulated for staying with a market-based approach to broadband policy.

"The UK's faith in market competition will go a long way in achieving the aim of universal broadband access set out in the Digital Britain report."

Such proposals are included in a series of recommendations put forward by Independent Spectrum Broker Kip Meek, which have been published in a new government consultation.

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