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Demand for faster broadband speeds will increase as consumers adopt ultra-high definition TV (UDHTV) sets, it has been claimed.

Trefor Davies, Chief Technology Officer at business broadband provider Timico, explained that manufacturers are continuing to innovate, and more sophisticated IPTV services will soon become available.

He suggested that super-high resolution 4K and 8K screens will not be many years away, meaning broadband connections will need to be fit for purpose.

"Manufacturers are likely to want to offer 8K screens by 2020 when NHK aims to begin its first experimental broadcasts in the standard," Mr Davies stated.

He said this is "all very well and good" but much greater bandwidth will be required to stream video at this level of quality.

Particularly with many households using multiple connected TVs at the same time, and sharing the experience with their friends via Telepresence, Mr Davies predicted network demands will only continue to increase.

"It isn't difficult to imagine a world where several Gigabits per second is required to the home," he added.

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