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Fears are growing within the broadband community that the UK is reaching the limit of its network capability, it has been reported.

In a new study conducted by digital entertainment provider iBAHN, 72 per cent of respondents said they are 'concerned' or 'very concerned' about the prospect of network saturation and its potential to hamper service levels.

Some 38 per cent of interviewees predicted that increased data traffic will be the biggest challenge for internet service providers, followed by demand for higher speeds (19 per cent) and security (16 per cent).

However, the study found that 59 per cent of people disagreed with the government's failed broadband tax plan, which was conceived to fund infrastructure investment.

Graeme Powell, Managing Director of Europe, Middle-East and Africa at iBAHN, stated: "It's refreshing to see some political debate focused on the UK's digital economy, but a lack of real consultation during the development of plans, such as the digital economy bill, has caused a negative reaction."

He commented that the broadband community is demanding "a strong, secure broadband network for the UK".

BT is currently investing £1.5 billion upgrading telephone exchanges across the UK to support next-generation broadband.

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