Ofcom pushes wireless broadband and rural coverage

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Ofcom has introduced new regulations that will see wireless broadband extended across the country – even those hard to reach rural areas.

The regulations would allow for operators already using the 5.8GHz frequency band to increase power levels, and thus extend the range and variety of services available to parts of the country not already covered by broadband.

Ofcom’s recent Communications Market Report: Nations and Regions report showed that 41% of rural Britons had broadband access, compared to 45% of urbanites.

Ofcom Chief Executive Ed Richards said: “This measure means communities across the country may be able to benefit from access to a new form of broadband. That is what closing the digital divide is all about.”

Increasing the power output should make it less expensive for operators to extend broadband access to remote parts of the UK.

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