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Businesses will not settle for access to 2Mb broadband speeds, in light of technological advances in the industry, it has been claimed.

David Palmer, Senior Product Manager at internet service provider Star, said the 2Mb download capabilities promised by the government by 2015 are insufficient for the needs of UK companies.

With speeds of 40Mb already available in the UK, no companies will accept the 2Mb option in five years' time, he stated.

"As a provider of broadband to businesses, our customers will always select the fastest service they can get," Mr Palmer explained.

He said that as more firms take advantage of cloud computing and more employees base themselves at home, it will soon become impossible to work productively on a 2Mb connection.

"We need to build a UK-wide network that is sustainable for the next 50 years otherwise money spent now will be wasted," Mr Palmer added.

Earlier this week, the government pledged to invest £830 million bringing high-speed broadband to rural communities around the UK.

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