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The leap from 3G mobile broadband to the next-generation technology expected to come on the market this year may have come to soon.

That is the suggestion made by Computer Weekley editor Joe O'Halloran, who said that long-term evolution (LTE) 4G technology currently being tested is unlikely to emerge before the end of the year.

Mr O'Halloran raised doubt as to the immediate demand for such premium services among UK businesses.

He asked: "Even before the first generation has yet to cut its teeth, the industry is now talking up the new generation of premium broadband?

"Should we not be learning to get mobile broadband to crawl into all firms before offering the small band of leaders a new generation?"

Japan and South Korea are the first countries where 4G mobile broadband is expected to be seen commercially.

According to the GSM Association, speeds of up to 186Mb could be possible using LTE.

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