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The UK has launched a new centre to research white space broadband.

New wireless broadband technologies could be produced in the UK through plans to launch a new centre for white space broadband research in the University of Strathclyde.

The Centre for White Space Communications has received backing from the Scottish Funding Council and hopes to develop technologies that can utilise the spectrum space between digital TV channels.

With poor ADSL connections still a problem for many UK consumers, it is hoped that new technologies such as these can ensure mobile broadband access goes from strength to strength in the coming years.

Communications minister Ed Vaizey, who opened the centre, expressed his hope that it will lead to new developments in the field of telecoms.

"This new facility provides an excellent opportunity for the UK to lead the development of this technology and realise the economic benefits of being at the forefront of this field," he added.

A report from the government's chief scientist Sir John Beddington recently suggested that improving broadband access can help build links in society.

Posted by Mark Wynn