Over 20 per cent of European broadband connections are now made using either HSPA or LTE, according to market research conducted by Berg Insight.
An LTE USB modem from TeliaSonera
The firm says that the number of HSPA/LTE mobile broadband subscribers (defined as PC and tablet users) grew by 33 per cent year-on-year in 2010 to reach 33.9 million. Berg Insight claims this use of wireless broadband will continue to grow at a CAGR of 18.9 per cent reaching 96 million by 2016.
Commenting on this trend, Lars Kurkinen, a telecom analyst with Berg Insight, said that the levels of adoption of mobile broadband vary significantly across Europe.
"Austria is the most advanced market with a penetration rate of over 20 per cent, corresponding to 46 per cent of all broadband connections in the country," Kurkinen said in a statement. "While Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Ireland and Portugal have penetration rates above 10 per cent."
An indication of why residents in certain European countries have adopted mobile broadband comes from the related subscription costs that can be around four times more in the most expensive countries compared to the least expensive ones.
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