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Ofcom has paved the way for internet service providers (ISPs) to use 2G radio spectrum to deliver mobile broadband in the UK.

Airwaves currently used to make phone calls and send text messages will now be allowed to transmit broadband, helping to meet growing demand for mobile internet access.

The media regulator has relaxed its rules in a bid to extend the reach of dongle services and increase the number of households able to access high-speed broadband.

O2 and Vodafone are now set to begin reallocating use of their 900Mhz spectrum, while Orange and T-Mobile - the two mobile broadband providers owned by Everything Everywhere – are set to utilise the 1,800Mhz frequency.

Guy Laurence, Chief Executive of Vodafone UK, said his firm welcomed the amendment to its spectrum licence.

"It will bring significant benefits to our customers in the form of faster and better mobile broadband with wider rural coverage," he commented.

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