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Ofcom will this week complete a four-year process to release spectrum in the 800MHz frequency band for 4G mobile broadband.

The spectrum - previously used to broadcast digital TV channels - is being released on Wednesday July 31st, allowing broadband providers to launch 4G services.

This follows the auction carried out by Ofcom in February, which allocated 800MHz spectrum to a number of UK service providers.

Clearing the airwaves has been achieved through a combination of transmitter upgrades and TV receiver retuning, which has been carried out by viewers across the UK.

According to Ofcom, the spectrum release process will be completed five months earlier than originally planned.

Ed Richards, Chief Executive at the media regulator, said: “This week we are clearing the path for 4G mobile broadband, allowing mobile companies to provide coverage across the UK.

“4G services will reach 98 per cent of the UK population indoors - and even more when outdoors - which will provide a significant boost for rural businesses and consumers."

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