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Long Term Evolution (LTE) will be a "key" technology in the development of mobile broadband, it has been claimed.

The technology, which is likely to appeal more to businesses than consumers in its early phase, promises users downloads at speeds of up to 100Mb and uploads at as much as 50Mb.

According to research company Gartner, LTE will be will be adopted by as many as 50 per cent of mobile broadband subscribers in western Europe by 2015.

Writing for website Computerweekly.com, company Research Director Sylvain Fabre and Vice-President Nick Jones explained that the LTE is a stepping stone between 3G and 4G mobile technology.

The Gartner fellows suggested that LTE is particularly suitable for the use of bandwidth-heavy applications that involve multiple types of media streams and will open up the way for new business procedures.

Despite its promise, however, they warned that LTE broadband coverage will remain patchy until 2020, while bandwidth will be just ten to 20 per cent of the theoretical limits.

In January of this year, ABI Research claimed that the first global deployments of LTE are moving ahead as planned, despite the economic downturn.

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