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European Union officials have called for additional spectrum to be freed up to internet service providers (ISPs), enabling them to boost mobile broadband coverage.

The European Commission is to seek approval from the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers for the currently-restricted 800 MHz spectrum to be made available by January 1st 2013.

Some exceptions would be allowed until 2015 under the plan, but only in exceptional cases. The Commission wants ISPs to continue developing 4G mobile technology and sees the additional bandwidth as being an important part of this plan.

The 800 MHz spectrum is currently utilised by broadcasters to provide analogue TV services, but with the advent of digital television, it is becoming available for alternative use.

Back in July, the UK government hinted that Ofcom may auction off the newly-available spectrum to ISPs from 2011, enabling them to improve coverage and reduce costs for dongle users.

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