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An expert has claimed that both WiMax and long-term evolution (LTE) mobile broadband technology have key roles to play in the future of web services.

Steve McCaffrey, vice president of European sales for mobile communications firm Motorola, has claimed each of the platforms have "a strong future", as they will be need to rectify access problems where fibre-optic broadband cannot be provided to certain homes and businesses.

Talking to SiliconRepublic.com, he stated that his company alone is contracted to deploy a large number of WiMax base stations in the next few years.

He added: "Broadband-based applications of the future will demand significant bandwidth.

"Today's digital natives, the Millennials, who live online at all times, at home or on the move with the latest wireless devices, have a big appetite for broadband and applications. They won't tolerate 'adequate' connections."

Earlier this month, O2 announced plans to trial LTE mobile broadband technology in the UK from the start of next year.

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