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UK consumers will not see the benefits of 50Mbps broadband speeds until greater demand is created by high-bandwidth technology, an expert claims.

Mark Jackson, editor-in-chief of, advises that for the most part, customers will not require more than 24Mbps for most of their online activity.

His comments were intended to validate a recent statement by BT that claimed most users would not need more than this level of service for the foreseeable future.

Commenting on Virgin Media's recent announcement to roll out 50Mbps services later this year, Mr Jackson said: "The internet has always been a place where technology creates the market that it ultimately embraces and that could be the case with Virgin's move too."

He added that users probably would not see widespread broadband suppliers offering such high speeds until online services such as on-demand TV streaming becomes more ubiquitous.

Mr Jackson did say, however, that this did not mean suppliers should hold back from making infrastructural upgrades to their services, as it was vital that that providers are capable of delivering high-speeds as they become required by customers.

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