Ofcom has introduced new regulations in the 5.8GHz radio spectrum to extend wireless broadband in the UK specifically into rural areas.
The new regulations mean that licensees will be able to double the power output of transmitters from 2W to 4W at frequencies between 5725MHz and 5850MHz, taking wireless broadband within reach of a greater proportion of the rural population.
Ofcom estimates that 45 per cent of households in urban areas have broadband compared with 41 per cent in rural areas.
"This is an extremely welcome move that will help service providers reach remote communities poorly served by incumbent technologies," said Anthony Fulgoni, a spokesman for UK wireless broadband supplier Proxim.
"There is a strong determination to close the digital divide in communities nationwide, and wireless technologies are the best solution for achieving this goal for home and business users."
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