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British Vodafone mobile broadband customers could be lined up for a speed boost after the operator's announcement that it has reached speeds of 20Mb in testing.

Trials using HSPA+ MIMO (Multiple Input Multiple Output) technology were carried out in southern Spain, with Ericsson, Huawei and Qualcomm Inc supplying equipment.

The provider has hinted that business zones and busy spots such as airports could be the locations which are boosted first.

Vodafone's global networks director, Andy MacLeod, commented: "Breaking the 20Mb peak speed barrier in tests through HSPA+ MIMO is yet another key milestone in the evolution of 3G mobile broadband technology and raises the prospect of higher network performance for our customers in selected hotspots.

"These test results mean that we will be able to derive even more value from our existing 3G infrastructure while raising the quality of service for our customers."

Vodafone's current UK 3G mobile broadband speeds push 7.2Mb - the operator is also looking at Dual Carrier-HSPA technology as another new way of quickening connections.

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