Nokia Siemens’ latest study of mobile broadband use in western Europe has found a 40% increase in average monthly spending.
The survey, of users in France, Germany, Spain and the UK, found more intense use of 3G and 3.5G among existing customers as well as higher takeup by customer segments with more disposable income, NSN said.
The wide availability of bundled offers for laptops and netbooks sold with a mobile broadband connection also drove up usage.
However, Beppe Donagemma, NSN head of west & south Europe, said the quality of experience needed to improve.
“Operators need to prepare their networks to handle future volume and data traffic types to sustain mobile broadband growth.”
Most European mobile broadband users want a better mobile broadband experience – faster data speeds, improved quality and better coverage, the survey found.
Most of those survey (58%) are interested in high-speed mobile broadband and 30% were willing to pay a premium for it.
The study also found that about 80% of the users accessed the Internet with a mobile broadband connection from home.
About half of the mobile broadband subscribers use mobile broadband on the go, and one in five fixed broadband users is looking to move to mobile broadband.