European mobile broadband will reach 150m connections in 2014

The mobile broadband market will continue its rapid growth during the next five years and generate valuable new revenue streams for mobile network operators, claims a new report from Analysys Mason. The study states there will be 148 million mobile broadband connections in Europe by 2014, when they will account for almost half of all broadband connections in the region. The usage profile of subscribers is set to change, as more casual users adopt mobile broadband as a complement to DSL- or cable-based services, usually opting for prepaid subscriptions rather than the commitment of a monthly contract. Prepaid subscriptions will account for 59 per cent of mobile broadband connections in 2014, up from 8 per cent in 2008. Article