Mobile internet access grows as operators push flat rate offerings

Mobile Internet usage is becoming mainstream in Europe, according to a report published by Forrester Research. Today 13 per cent of Western European consumers now access the Internet on their mobile device and 50 per cent know they can use their mobile phone to access the Internet, according to a survey of over 20,0000 European consumers in France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, and the UK.

The growth in mobile broadband usage has led Nokia Siemens Networks to predict that the volume of data traffic will exceed that of voice traffic on mobile networks worldwide by 2011. Nokia Siemens Networks said it expects mobile data traffic to double from almost 400 million gigabytes in 2009 to approximately 2 billion gigabytes a year by 2011, compared to 1.2 billion gigabytes for voice. article