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Mobile broadband networks are increasingly being used to support online video viewing, a new report has claimed.

According to research conducted by Bytemobile, internet video accounted for 40 per cent of all mobile broadband data consumed during 2010.

This figure is forecast to increase further over the next 12 months, reaching as high as 60 per cent during 2011.

Commenting on the findings, ISPreview.co.uk warned that video consumption is placing a strain on 3G mobile broadband networks.

It claimed that with demand continuing to increase, even the next generation of mobile broadband – including long-term evolution technology – will not solve the problem.

The news provider stated: "It is no secret that data traffic is causing a capacity and revenue strain for mobile operators, with video content playing a big role."

Last week, internet service provider T-Mobile urged consumers to use their home broadband connections to stream video over the internet.

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