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The UK Government is to open up part of the radio spectrum in a bid to encourage operators to deliver new broadband services.

The deregulation means that telecoms operators will be able to offer commercial broadband services through public networks without the need for a Wireless Telegraphy Act licence.

As a result, commercial network operators and other public and private users will be able to set up Radio Local Area Networks (RLANs) to operate 802.11a services in parts of the 5 GHz radio spectrum.

The changes will come into effect on 12 February.

If this relaxation of the rules is taken up then more "wireless hotspots" could spring up in hotels, airports, cafes and schools enabling people to access the Net using wireless broadband.

Said eminister Stephen Timms: "Opening up this radio spectrum will encourage telecoms operators to deliver new and innovative public services. It will offer the possibility of 'broadband on the go', with services based in public places." ®

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