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Failing to invest in high-speed broadband infrastructure across Europe could have a detrimental effect on the labour market, it has been suggested.

According to the European Union's Commissioner for the Digital Agenda Neelie Kroes, the continent's "wider prospects for economic growth and social cohesion" rely on the development of next-generation networks.

She claimed that national governments cannot afford to sit by and allow businesses to continue to compete against Asian firms with access to far greater speeds.

Ms Kroes noted that in countries such as Japan and South Korea, business broadband capabilities are 100 times greater than those in Europe.

Complacency among European states could ultimately cost one million jobs as other counties continue to drive towards the digital future, she warned.

In related news, the European Commission has reiterated calls for the 800Mhz electromagnetic spectrum currently used by analogue broadcasters to be made available for use by mobile broadband providers.

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