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Mobile broadband is highly unlikely to ever replace traditional home broadband, it has been claimed.

Edd Dawson, Editor of broadband.co.uk, said that smartphones and other mobile devices simply offer consumers another way to access the web, with the majority of people preferring to use a computer in the comfort of their own home.

"You are still going to need the internet when you write an essay, are doing schoolwork or when you are networking from home," he commented.

Mobile broadband will only ever be a "complementary" technology, Mr Dawson added, as households and businesses will continue to rely on "a full computer and a proper internet connection".

"I currently would say that mobile broadband vis-a-vis is much more expensive than fixed line broadband," he added.

John Wright, National Chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses, recently claimed that the availability of high-speed fibre-optic broadband is vital for the success of UK firms.

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