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Mobile broadband will not be suitable for providing the country with connections speeds of at least 2Mb, according to one expert.

Edd Dawson was speaking in light of broadband.co.uk's finding that 38.5 per cent of the country is still not hitting the 2Mb benchmark set out by communications minister Lord Carter in his recent Digital Britain report.

According to the spokesman for the broadband comparison website, mobile broadband is not the best way of providing widespread high-speed access.

He explained: "Mobile broadband has drawbacks when compared to fixed line connections in terms of responsiveness and stability.

"The use of mobile broadband risks papering over the cracks when the country should really be investing in a universal fibre optic rollout."

A next-generation roll-out came one step closer earlier this week when it was announced the Ofcom has given BT the go-ahead to start work on its £1.5 billion fibre-optic broadband network.

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