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New mobile Long Term Evolution (LTE) broadband technology will be available to consumers in 2009, one company has claimed.

A report published by Cantab Wireless suggests that LTE will have around 85 million users worldwide by 2013.

It anticipates the technology to take hold first in Japan, within less than two years, while uptake in other countries will follow soon after.

LTE has been touted as the 4G mobile internet technology, with tests indicating it is capable of speeds of up to 200MB.

The report claims that the success of LTE is due to a lack of "serious competition".

It states: "The biggest question is not whether LTE will be adopted by mobile operators, but rather when it will be adopted."

Following uptake in Japan, the report predicts test networks to pop up in several countries, which will evolve into "full commercial LTE network deployments".

The report follows the unveiling of a new modem chip handset from LG, which is built to 3GPP LTE standards and is capable of download speeds of 100MB.

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