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Rather than relating to big business, the development of high-speed broadband in the UK will be driven by consumer demand, one expert believes.

Rupert Wood, principal analyst at Analysys Mason, has explained that the British public will prove to be the decisive factor in the length of time it takes for uptake of next-generation technology to become widespread.

Speaking to IT Pro, Mr Wood pointed out that the broadband upgrades currently being undertaken across the UK - such as Virgin Media's new 50Mb network - are "not for businesses".

He said: "They may make more money from them and they will regard them as nice to have, but the higher speeds that you go to, you are replicating speeds that cable TV has already.

"That is entirely for the consumer market. Operators will get some customers out of the business market with new connections, but that's what it's not about."

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Recent research from Analysis Mason found that the broadband market is slowing up as the economic downturn continues - growth is now down to single digits.

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