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Long-term evolution (LTE) mobile broadband technology could be necessary by as early as next year, according to a study.

The report from Unwired Insight has claimed that the platform may be brought into use due to the "relentless" growth being seen in 3G traffic volumes, which could lead to capacity problems from some operators from 2010.

It claimed that because of this, there will soon be "insatiable" demand for LTE spectrum access.

Dr Alastair Brydon, co-author of the new report, said: "Pricing of mobile data has changed dramatically since the days that SMS was the dominant service.

"Mobile broadband pricing has fallen as low as $2 (£1.21) per gigabyte, which is nearly half a million times smaller than the price per gigabyte of an SMS message."

Steve McCaffrey, vice president of European sales for mobile communications firm Motorola, recently claimed in an interview with SiliconRepublic.com that both LTE and WiMax technology have a major role to play in providing widespread broadband access.

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