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A uniformed next-generation broadband network in the UK is needed to avoid a virtual patchwork system whereby varying technologies in different areas could cause lower speeds, according to one expert.

David Allen of Tech Radar fears for future broadband speeds in Britain, due to the number of investors that could be planning to plough money into different parts of the country.

Mr Allen says that this eventuality could in fact have the effect of slowing the broadband network as opposed to speeding it up.

He explained: "With so many different high speed networks being developed around the country, there is a danger that there will be different technology in certain areas; this has the potential to eventually slow speeds down.

"What is required is a unified plan where the technology is the same or compatible at least throughout the entire network, but cost is the key."

South Yorkshire is the latest region in the UK to signal its intentions to push ahead with a next-generation broadband transformation, with local councils putting forward the £112 million Digital Region scheme.

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