More than 5 million PCs connected to Turbo 3G networks in Europe this year
According to new research report from the analyst firm Berg Insight, the European mobile broadband market will reach 5 million connections at the end of this year. Austria and Sweden are leading the way with hundreds of thousands of consumers signed up to affordable high-speed Turbo 3G network services delivering data rates up to 7 Mbps. “Mobile operators like 3, A1 Mobilkom and Telenor are getting this right”, commented Tobias Ryberg, senior analyst, Berg Insight
. “Ordinary people have already replaced their old bulky desktop PC with a new slim wide-screen notebook. Now, thanks to Turbo 3G, they can also connect to the Internet anywhere for just 20 euros per month.” Berg Insight forecasts that the total value of the European mobile broadband market will grow at an annual compound growth rate of 22.9 percent over the coming five years to reach € 3 billion. In 2011 the number of connections is estimated to have reached nearly 30 million. At that time, the report predicts that mobile network connectivity will have become a standard feature in mass-market notebook PCs just like WLAN is today. The emerging trend with fixed and mobile broadband access packaged as a unified service is expected to become prevalent among the leading ISPs, erasing the borders between the wired and wireless telecom service domains.
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