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A new poll has identified broadband as the greatest engineering innovation of the last decade.

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) asked 2,011 UK adults aged between 16 and 75 to name the best technological developments of the Noughties.

Some 53 per cent said broadband was the most important invention, with smartphones and satellite navigation - which each claimed ten per cent of the vote - joint second in the survey.

Just one per cent of respondents said on-demand television was the best 21st century innovation, while only one per cent said the same about Android phone apps.

Professor Will Stewart, of the IET, commented that engineering and technology "is everywhere". "Not too long ago, super-fast broadband was a future vision for a handful of engineers," he stated.

"Today it is available to almost three-quarters of UK homes, enriching our lives and broadening our horizons in ways that we could only dream of until recently, and yet we all now take for granted."

Prof Stewart noted that the technology behind this infrastructure is "improving all the time, promising all kinds of exciting new potential for the future".

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