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UK homes could be turned into hi-tech hubs with communication networks built into them, Intellect has claimed.

The technology industry trade body said that with wider access to high-speed broadband, there could be a £3 billion per year home market within five years.

Homeowners will be able to control energy use, access public services and receive new media and entertainment services via internet-connected TVs, tablets and smartphones.

However, in order to become a reality, UK homes will need access to at least 6Mb broadband.

Colin Batten, Intellect's Head of Internet and Media, said the connected home is "potentially the next big technology revolution".

"Most homes already have islands of technology but the truly connected home will be more than just an aggregation of different services and devices," he stated.

"Everything will be linked through one network giving people access to exciting new services."

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