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The head of EE has warned government action may hold back the rollout of 4G mobile broadband in rural areas.

Its chief executive Olaf Swantee told the Guardian last week (December 12th) plans to raise spectrum fees and reduce the charges mobile operators can impose could limit the company's ability to bring the technology to the countryside. 

"We will be forced to re-evaluate our 98 per cent coverage target for the end of next year, and sparsely populated rural areas are, as we all know, at risk the most," he stated. 

Mr Swantee's worries concern the policy recently announced by the government that will see several leading mobile operators cap charges on stolen phones and make it easier for people to exit contracts.

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