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The government should make 2G radio spectrum available for mobile broadband use as soon as is practically possible, Ofcom has claimed.

According to the communications regulator, opening up 900MHz and 1800MHz bandwidth would have benefits for consumers across the UK.

Ofcom claimed that such a move would allow more consumers to receive faster dongle speeds and access mobile broadband services from more locations with greater consistency.

The regulator also proposed that 2G bandwidth could improve the quality of in-building coverage and serve remote communities based in rural areas, reports

It noted that the merger of T-Mobile and Orange had reduced concerns that opening up radio bandwidth would prove unfairly advantageous to rival broadband providers O2 and Vodafone.

"Demand for mobile broadband services in general, and for use of the 900MHz band to deliver 3G services more specifically, has become clearer," Ofcom stated.

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