A mobile broadband trial investigating the use of radio spectrum 'white space' is to commence in Cambridge this week.
Broadband providers BT and Sky are collaborating on the project, which also involves the BBC and Microsoft.
The firms are aiming to establish whether the unused radio spectrum which exists between TV channels can be used for the construction of 'super-Wi-Fi' networks.
Should broadband services not interfere with TV signals, the technology could create new options for UK mobile broadband providers.
With mobile data consumption continuing to increase year-on-year as more consumers adopt media tablets, dongles and other devices, 3G networks are heading towards saturation point.
"The trial will attempt to demonstrate that unused TV spectrum is well-placed to increase the UK's available mobile bandwidth," the consortium stated.
"This is critical to effectively responding to the exponential growth in data-intensive services, while also enabling future innovation."