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Cloud technology could be used to make it easier and easier for consumers to access mobile broadband in the future, it has been claimed.

Writing for the Virgin Media Business official blog, Mark Heraghty, Virgin Media's Managing Director, predicted that the popularity of the cloud would continue to grow over the coming years.

"As the cloud starts to play an even greater role in our lives, connectivity will become increasingly important," he wrote.

"With smart mobile operators already making investments in their networks, we’ll see more 3G and 4G enabled devices come on to the market."

This, Mr Heraghty said, will enable customers to access websites and services while on the move, and help workers access tools and applications faster.

The expert also suggested that the growing popularity of tablet devices such as the iPad, could blur the lines between business and consumer technology.

"We may even get to a stage where most people only use one device to manage everything in their professional and personal lives, though it'll take a little longer than five years before that becomes the norm," he said.

Mr Heraghty was responding to an article by Charles Arthur on the Guardian's technology blog, which discussed what computers will look like in five years' time.

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