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There will be more than one million wireless broadband devices capable of 1Gb connection speed by 2015, it has been predicted.

According to analyst firm In-Stat, development work on the next generation wireless working standard 802.11ac is progressing well.

The company said that while 802.11ac-enabled wireless devices are not yet market ready, they will be widely used within five years.

In-Stat's Vice-President of Research Frank Dickson said the goal of the new standard is to provide data speeds much faster than 802.11n.

"The timing for 802.11ac approval is to have a draft standard created by 2011 and have the first 802.11ac products out by the end of 2012," he added.

Mr Dickson explained that the technology behind 802.11ac has not been finalised, but in all likelihood, it will involve bonding four or even eight channels together.

Internet service provider BT recently unveiled its new HomeHub 3 wireless broadband router, which is set to launch at the end of this month.

It is designed to support both ADSL and fibre-to-the-cabinet broadband services, with ports included for both connection options.

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