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A new study from Cisco has claimed that the UK is not yet prepared for the launch of next-generation broadband.

The study by the IT company ranked it 25th out of 66 countries in terms of broadband quality, claiming that its services meet today's needs but are not adequate for the future.

Nations such as Latvia and Bulgaria are ranked ahead of the UK, while the countries leading way include South Korea and Japan.

While the UK's position in the rankings is relatively poor, Cisco's Joanne Hughes told the BBC the figures could be "a bit misleading".

"We forecast the UK will improve because of things such as cable networks being upgraded and the Digital Britain report focusing on next-generation access," she added.

Recent research published by Point Topic found that broadband growth currently appears to be driven by the desire of people and governments, rather than any financial-related issues.

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