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Long-Term Evolution (LTE) technology has a potential role to play in the delivery of high-speed broadband, the technology minister has said.

Lord Carter, minister for technology, communications and broadband, explained that trials of the new innovation could help shape the introduction of the planned UK-wide next-generation network.

Offering download speeds of up to 100Mb, LTE is currently being trialled by Motorola in Swindon.

During a visit to the facility, Lord Carter said: "Motorola's trials here in Swindon are not only important in terms of inward investment and innovation and service development; they could also represent an important step towards stretching broadband coverage to the remotest parts of the UK."

Government figures suggest that more than 20 per cent of UK consumers use mobile devices to access the internet, with Lord Carter explaining that the humble handset "has become ubiquitous".

He suggested that LTE could potentially be incorporated into the planned universal broadband service outlined in the Digital Britain report which is to be delivered through a mix of fixed and mobile connections.

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