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The next-generation broadband internet network currently being planned in the UK could benefit from Wi-Max.

That is according to Peter Rowell, executive chairman at Regent Partners, who was speaking at the Intellect Annual Regent Conference 2009.

Mr Rowell foresees a combination of Wi-Max - tipped by many to become the prevalent 4G mobile broadband technology - and fibre-optic cable broadband working in tandem to bring faster speeds across the UK.

He said: "Broadband will be really brought alive by Wi-Max.

"The great set-up you can see emerging is that broadband will be carried through ducts, through fibre, to the major cities and to other key locations and then you set up Wi-Max networks which will cover a 30 mile radius."

In his recently released Digital Britain report, communications minister Lord Carter set out a vision of 2Mb broadband across the UK.

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