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Ofcom is planning to use the 700MHz of spectrum currently being used for digital terrestrial TV to cope with the ever-growing demand for mobile broadband.

However, this is unlikely to be enough to cope with growth in mobile broadband, with the communications watchdog suggesting mobile data demands could grow eighty-fold by 2030 if things continue to develop at an average rate.

In a high growth situation, mobile broadband could rise by as much as 300 times current levels.

The terrestrial TV spectrum could be switched to mobile broadband as soon as 2018 and further frequency will be made available at the upcoming 4G LTE auction and roll out.

The 700MHz spectrum is already being used in the US for 4G LTE purposes.

The issue of how to cope with mobile broadband demand is the topic of a current Ofcom consultation which is looking at the best ways to make use of spare spectrum.

Mobile networks and other concerned parties are all being canvassed for their views on the matter.  

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