The bandwidth demands of broadband users throughout the UK and the world are likely to grow dramatically in coming years, according to one expert.
David Allen of Tech Watch has highlighted a recent study which suggests that global bandwidth demands will double over the next two years, due to the ascension of broadband.
In a report commissioned by photonics firm CIP Technologies, David Payne, of the Institute of Advanced Telecommunications at Swansea University, drew attention to the development.
In reference to the report, Mr Allen said: "It is estimated that in ten years time the bandwidth demands on a global scale could be as much as a hundred times what we are seeing now."
"The demand has been put down to the successes of video sharing sites like YouTube and the growth in video on demand such as that seen in the BBC's iPlayer," he concluded.