Report: HSPA/LTE accounts for 21% of all PC broadband connections in Europe

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New research from Berg Insight claims that HSPA/LTE accounted for 21.8 per cent of the total number of broadband connections in Europe at the end of 2011. The number of connected PCs using these networks grew by 12.4 per cent year-over-year in 2011 to reach 38.1 million and is forecast to continue to grow at a CAGR of 10.7 per cent to 70 million by 2017. However, Berg said the level of adoption of mobile broadband vary significantly across Europe. Austria and Sweden are the most advanced markets, with penetration rates of around 20 per cent. Denmark, Norway, Ireland and Finland have penetration rates above 13 per cent. On the other hand, Belgium, Greece and Slovenia have  penetration rates of less than 4 per cent. Berg also said that the pricing varies across different markets, with subscriptions costing around four times more in the most expensive countries compared to the least expensive ones. The lowest prices can be found in the Baltic countries, Poland and Austria, with average monthly prices ranging €8 to €10 for a 3 GB bundle at a data rate of at least 7.2 Mbps. The highest prices can be found in Switzerland (€39 per month). Release