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A number of 'not-spots' in rural Wales could receive enhanced broadband services following next year's 4G auction, it has been claimed.

Earlier this week, communications watchdog Ofcom announced plans to make 800MHz and 2.6GHz spectrum available for use by internet service providers.

UK broadband providers such as 3, Vodafone, O2, T-Mobile and Orange could bid for access to the spectrum, allowing them to provide improved dongle services with faster download speeds and greater coverage.

The Western Mail said a lack of access to mobile broadband and phone services remains a source of frustration for many consumers living and working in the Welsh countryside.

However, the news provider noted that - under the terms of the auction - one of the four 4G licences up for grabs will require the holder to provide 95 per cent network coverage throughout the UK.

As a consequence, many rural villages and hamlets in the principality should fall within 4G networked areas when fourth-generation services commence in 2013.

Earlier this week, Ofcom Chief Executive Ed Richards said the spectrum auction would be "highly significant" for the UK's digital future.

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