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Broadband users will soon be able to take advantage of next-generation Wi-Fi while out and about, it has been suggested.

The Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) has predicted the launch of high-speed wireless broadband hotspots in the next 12 months.

According to the alliance, this means mobile device users will be able to connect to Wi-Fi services automatically - and securely - without the need for a username and password.

Chris Bruce, Chair of the WBA, said the complementary relationship between Wi-Fi and mobile networks is finally becoming a reality.

"Next Generation Hotspots allow smartphones and tablets to automatically roam from the cellular network on to Wi-Fi hotspots thereby augmenting the coverage and capacity of both," he stated.

"Fixed and mobile operators alike are leading a Wi-Fi hotspot renaissance in a renewed effort to sate the seemingly unquenchable desire for ubiquitous broadband connectivity."

Last week, Everything Everywhere announced plans to launch the UK's first commercial 4G broadband service later in 2012, subject to Ofcom approval.

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