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Ericsson sees mobile broadband subscriptions doubling in 2011By Hanleigh Daniels 11 January 2011 | Categories: news
Ericsson estimates that the number of mobile broadband subscriptions (devices such as handsets, USB dongles and embedded modules which utilises HSPA, LTE, CDMA2000 EV-DO, Mobile WiMAX as well as TD-SCDMA network technologies), will cross the billion mark before the end of this year.
During 2010 the significant milestone of half-a-billion mobile broadband subscriptions globally was reached and the company is of the opinion that this number will double during 2011.
The largest number of subscriptions, about 400 million, is expected to be concentrated in the Asia Pacific region, followed by the US and Western Europe with over 200 million subscriptions each.
Mobile broadband adoption has shown very strong growth on the back of the rise of smartphones, connected laptops as well as tablet PCs, supported by the introduction of high-performance networks. Global mobile data traffic also continues to increase rapidly, with Ericsson announcing in August 2010 that it had tripled in just one year.
The telecommunications firm also believes that by 2015, mobile broadband subscriptions will be around the 3.8 billion mark, with 95% driven by HSPA, CDMA and the next generation LTE networks.
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