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On the eve of the web's 20th birthday, Cliff Saran of Computer Weekley has highlighted the benefits which broadband has brought.

Tim Berners-Lee is acknowledged to have come up with the concept which we now term as the world wide web on Monday, March 13th, 1989.

According to Mr Saran, a large part of the internet explosion has been triggered by broadband development, which has improved user experience.

He told readers: "Broadband has driven the popularity of the web. In the early days people connected to the internet using a dial-up modem. If they were lucky they achieved access speeds of 56Kb.

"Tasks that users take for granted, such as near instant access to Hotmail or other webmail systems, took several minutes."

Research from Gartner has estimated that broadband penetration will surpass 60 per cent in 17 countries by the year 2012.

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