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Advances in broadband and other connectivity solutions are set to transform the world we live in over the coming decade, Virgin Media Business believes.

The company has conducted an in-depth study into data and connectivity demands, in a bid to build an impression of UK society in 2025.

Virgin Media Business believes a vast new range of online opportunities will emerge in the short to mid-term, changing the way people live and work irrevocably.

The firm has already seen a "huge surge" in the amount of data businesses and people create and consume through a vast range of technologies.

And this is set to explode over the coming years to 100 zettabytes by 2025 - the equivalent of 36 billion years of HD video - Virgin Media Business predicts.

“We’re giving Britain a picture of the future where barriers to innovation and change have been well and truly broken down and the way we work, rest and play has been revolutionised," said Mark Heraghty, Managing Director of the infrastructure provider.

"The world in 2025 will be more empowering and connected than ever before. What’s more, the infrastructure to enable the rapid transmission of that data will be vital but invisible."

Virgin Media Business expects that 5G self-organising networks and multi-antenna transmission arrays will connect the UK’s cities faster than ever by 2025.

This will create limitless opportunities for businesses and consumers, the company believes.

"With connected cities just around the corner, everything from education to accessing local government services will be underpinned by technology and connected by data," Mr Heraghty forecast.

"Classroom lessons will draw on the consumer gaming world to engage pupils in lessons and get them absorbing information faster. Huge public screens will display data such as energy use in town squares."

He said that, in the future, this will "massively affect" the way in which business leaders will problem-solve in comparison to today.

"The question is how we get there as 2025 is not that far away," Mr Heraghty added.

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