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The launch of BT's new Infinity fibre-optic broadband service has been welcomed by an IT solutions provider.

Riverbed Technology's Vice-President of Marketing for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, has stated the announcement is "all well and good", but claimed that consumers need access to more than just bandwidth.

He explained that the speed of access to applications and shared files has become a key concern for modern businesses.

"Back when we first moved from dial-up modem to broadband, bandwidth increase had a big impact on performance, but today we already have large quantities of bandwidth traffic into our businesses through resource heavy applications," he outlined.

"The problem is that we very rarely see any improvement in the speed of shared applications or files when we now upgrade our bandwidth."

BT is offering connection speeds of up to 40Mb through its Infinity service, while one pricing option also includes upload speeds of up to 10Mb.

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