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New rules over the allocation of the 800MHz band used to deploy high-speed wireless internet services are to be established by the European Commission.

The organisation has confirmed its adoption of a decision which will establish technical rules for all member states on the allocation of radio frequencies in the band, which contributes to web platforms by avoiding harmful interference.

Frequencies on the 800MHz band are currently being freed up due to the digital TV switchover in many states.

Neelie Kroes, Digital Agenda Commissioner, said the decision would pave the way for new "innovative broadband technologies" to be introduced.

She added: "I encourage member states to take the necessary steps to implement the decision, so that European businesses and citizens can take full advantage of the benefits of the switchover to digital TV."

In March, the European Commission confirmed the launch of a public consultation over the introduction of universal broadband across the continent.

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