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Mobile broadband could feasibly reach speeds of 42Mb by next year, according to one expert.

While the fastest UK speeds are currently around the 7.2Mb mark, Ericsson's chief technology officer John Cunliffe told PC Pro that with the improvement of codes which use the modulation, this would easily be increased to over 14Mb.

The next steps would be to move to a "64 QAM modulation" and then use a "multiple in multiple out" (MIMO) method.

Mr Cunliffe continued: "With MIMO we can go from 14Mbps to 28Mbps.

"They're two parallel paths, but we can then combine them to get 42Mbps. Essentially this is happening through 2009."

Even before Long Term Evolution technology emerges as expected, Mr Cunliffe doesn't discount reaching speeds of 80Mb.

It was recently found that the usage allowances enjoyed by British broadband users have doubled on average over the last year.

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