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There will be greater competition in the UK's mobile broadband sector during 2013, Plusnet has predicted.

The broadband provider believes the Ofcom spectrum auction will open up the market to new participants.

Spectrum has become available in the 800MHz and 2.6GHz frequency bands, with a number of broadband providers competing for a share.

Plusnet expects at least three more providers to launch 4G-based long term evolution (LTE) broadband services this year.

And this could benefit consumers by keeping the cost of mobile broadband in check

At present, EE - which launched LTE services in October using its existing 1,800MHz spectrum - is the only major 4G provider in the UK.

"The 4G auction is due to take place in the next few months in the UK so expect more competition and more availability in the faster mobile space," Plusnet stated.

The firm said multi-device shared data contracts are unlikely to appear in the next 12 months, but they will be commonplace by 2014.

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