Metric: Mobile broadband to overtake fixed by 2011

Mobile broadband subscribers will out pace fixed broadband users by 2011, according to research from Informa Telecoms & Media. According to the research firm, rapid adoption of mobile broadband will lead it to dominate the connectivity market within four years, when services based on HSPA, EV-DO, WiMAX and other systems will have more subscribers than services based on DSL, cable and FTTH. Overall some 1 billion subscriptions on mobile broadband networks are expected by 2011.

Moreover, the report predicts that HSPA will be the leading mobile broadband system in 2012 by number of subscribers, followed by EV-DO and mobile WiMAX. EV-DO will have the most subscribers at end-2007 but will be overtaken by HSDPA in 2009. TD-SCDMA will also become a significant force in the mobile broadband market with close to 50 million subscribers in China by 2012.

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