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'Hollow core' technology could hold the key to providing cheap, super-fast broadband services throughout the UK, according to Computer Weekly.

Bath University is currently experimenting with the technology - which uses air rather than glass fibre to transmit data using light waves - to assess whether it could be a better alternative to high-speed solutions.

BT and Virgin are both developing fibre-based networks, but Computer Weekly reports that the hollow core technology could develop higher speeds and would cost less to implement.

In the past the technology has been difficult to develop because the range of light waves could be transmitted as data was very limited, but Bath University spokesperson Tim Birks explains that a modification has dramatically increased the amount of light that can be sent.

Mr Birks adds that while development for the broadband market is still some way off, the new advances could pave the way for the use of hollow core technology in a number of industries.

A new technology is also emerging in the mobile broadband market, with Vodafone announcing its commitment to evolved HSPA technology, which could deliver speeds of up to 28.8Mbits.

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