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UK businesses will not be able to maximise the potential of cloud computing until they gain access to faster broadband speeds, it has been reported.

According to Matt Yardley, a partner at consultancy Analysys Mason, firms require access to high-speed web services in order to fully embrace on-demand Software-as-a-Service.

Speaking at the Westminster eForum Keynote Seminar: Cloud Computing, he noted that it will be some time until the UK has full-availability, ubiquitous coverage of high-speed networks.

Mr Yardley said that unless things change very quickly, it will be at least a decade before businesses across Britain can access the download and upload speeds they require.

"This places a natural constraint on the small and medium-enterprise market potential [of cloud computing]," he added.

Seizing the potential of the high-potential small business market is a major challenge for software and broadband providers, Mr Yardley said.

Last month, Akamai Technologies reported that the UK currently has the 26th fastest broadband speeds in the world.

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