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Mobile broadband connections in the UK need to be improved, a leading consumer organisation has claimed.

According to the Communications Consumer Panel, research has revealed that a third of households and businesses regularly experience problems related to their mobile voice and data services.

Anna Bradley, chair of the organisation, said some people are facing issues when attempting to carry out the most basic activities and called on more to be done to improve the technology.

She added: "This kind of basic coverage is hugely important to consumers and essential for small businesses to thrive."

Last week, O2's parent company Telefonica announced plans to trial next-generation mobile broadband technology in the UK from the start of next year.

The long-term evolution platform could offer speeds of up to 340Mb, which would mark a significant increase on the current connections available.

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