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Mobile broadband services in the UK are beginning to strain under the pressure of rising data traffic, according to new research.

The study by Informa suggested that levels of data will grow massively over the next few years, so current technology may struggle to keep up with the pace.

Speaking to PC Pro, Dimitris Mavrakis, an analyst at the research body, said the use of long-term evolution (LTE) services will help to cut such problems, but warned that it is not expected to be introduced anytime soon.

He said: "We'll see initial deployments by the end of 2010.

"I don't expect it to be a force before 2011 or even 2012. Some big operators say they don't expect LTE until 2015."

Mr Mavrakis's comments have come after O2 announced plans to launch a trial of LTE mobile broadband in the UK.

The new service, which will be able to offer peak speeds of 340Mb, could be piloted from the start of next year.

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