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Consumers will need access to 165Mb download speeds and 20Mb uploads to meet their online usage demands by the end of decade, it has been claimed.

A study commissioned by Cable Europe and NL Kabel - undertaken by the Technical University of Eindhoven and Dialogic - identified a growing need for ultra-fast broadband.

The researchers said rising online video consumption in particular will create demand for increased download capabilities.

Caroline van Weede, Managing Director of Cable Europe, commented that the trend in consumer behaviour that lies behind the figures "speaks for itself".

"Customers consume much more content than they produce," she noted, explaining the difference in anticipated download and upload requirements.

Ms ?Van Weede claimed that cable broadband providers are "more than ready" to satisfy growing consumer appetites for internet speeds.

"The new DOCSIS 3.1 specification will deliver possibilities of 10Gb downstream and 2Gb upstream - a much wider capacity than even this research indicates," she stated.

"We’re future-proofed for the fastest connections and the most sophisticated applications."

In the UK, cable provider Virgin Media is already offering broadband packages capable of supporting download speeds of 152Mb.

Virgin Media’s Chief Executive Officer Tom Mockridge said that as people connect more things simultaneously to the internet more often, they need "powerful broadband".

This is what Virgin Media is delivering via its cable network, he claimed.

"We are boosting speeds and ensuring our customers can get even more value from their Virgin Media subscription," Mr Mockridge added.

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