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Global mobile broadband subs to reach 1 billion this year

January 21, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

The number of mobile broadband subscriptions worldwide will double over the course of 12 months, reaching 1 billion during 2011, Ericsson predicted on Tuesday.

The industry reached the half a billion milestone in 2010.

The Swedish vendor – which made headlines for much of last year with its prediction that the world will be home to 50 billion mobile connections by 2020 – expects mobile broadband customers to number more than 3.8 billion by 2015, 95% of which will be HSPA, CDMA and LTE connections.

The Asia-Pacific region will make the biggest contribution to the 1 billion subscribers figure, notching up 400 million connections, Ericsson claimed. North America and Western Europe will be home to 200 million each.

“Mobile broadband adoption has accelerated with strong growth of smartphones, connected laptops and tablets, supported by the introduction of high-performance networks,” Ericsson said in a statement. The vendor added that mobile data traffic is on the rise, having tripled in the year to August 2010, according to its own calculations.

Originally posted at: http://www.totaltele.com/view.aspx?ID=461491&mail=426&C=0

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