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Business efficiency in the UK is being threatened by download speeds which are lagging behind, new figures suggest.

The Communications Management Association (CMA) has warned that UK firms' e-commerce operations could be affected by an inability to meet demands of high-speed broadband, reports PublicTechnology.

According to the CMA, over a third of UK businesses predict they will need speeds of 100 Mbps to come into line with next generation internet technology in the future.

The CMA's director of regulatory affairs, David Harrington, said that the government must anticipate the demand for next generation technology in a national broadband strategy.

He said: "Back in April last year, we warned there was a limited window of opportunity over the next 12-24 months to develop and implement a concerted and innovative approach to regulation and policy-making that would lead to a market-led transition to next generation broadband."

The Broadband Stakeholder Group recently published a report which highlighted the "economic value" of the wide-spread implementation of next generation broadband.

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