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Insufficient bandwidth is affecting the productivity of a number of UK-based firms, new research has suggested.

According to a study conducted by NetEvidence, as many as one in six companies with leased line internet connections are experiencing problems, VNUnet reports.

Of the 6,000 businesses questioned, 1,000 said that their desktop performance is hampered by bandwidth.

However, as noted by VNUnet, the problems are often tolerated because businesses do not want to switch to DSL broadband and they recognise that long-standing browser functions are designed for use with older connections.

Richard Thomas, managing director of NetEvidence, pointed out that if companies discuss their problems with their internet provider they may find that they are offered a more beneficial service.

"Service providers are not chasing for upgrades but, if asked to re-price, many will offer competitively priced upgrades," he told the site.

Mr Thomas went on to say that once established, new deals tend to provide a "vastly-improved performance".

"New and faster lines are available all the time and providers are keen to lock customers into fixed contracts to secure their revenues," he added.

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