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The development of broadband technology has been essential for the evolution of filesharing services, it has been claimed.

Ernesto Van Der Sar, Editor-In-Chief at TorrentFreak.com, claimed that over the years, file transfer system users have changed their habits according to the capabilities of their connection.

Consequently, he suggested that as broadband speeds continue to rise, increasingly sophisticated filesharing functions will be supported.

"Initially it took up to an hour to download a low quality music song, but today people can download a high-definition motion picture in the same time," Mr Van Der Sar stated.

He noted that the underlying technology has "not changed that much", but improved broadband has simply eased the filesharing process.

"More recently there have been a couple of initiatives that try to optimise P2P-based streaming applications - I expect that we will see more of that in the near future," Mr Van Der Sar added.

He claimed that faster broadband has also been critical to the development of streaming video and increasing convergence of TV and the internet.

Broadband celebrated its tenth anniversary in the UK on March 31st 2010.

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