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Mobile broadband is set to be the communication technology of the future, replacing fixed-line as a consumer preference, it has been claimed.

According to Report Buyer, demand for dongle-based services has remained "on an upward curve" despite the recession.

The Mobile Broadband 2010-2015 report claims that as web connectivity becomes more important in peoples' lives, the additional flexibility offered by mobile broadband will increasingly be recognised.

"Both business and consumer users are now eager to keep in contact with others and have information readily available to them when required," Report Buyer claimed.

"Traditional broadband has its limitations - it is restricted to where the network is in place and as such cannot be used while on the move."

The paper added that mobile broadband has the potential to provide internet access to previously-unconnected people, particularly if dongle costs continue to fall.

Last week, research conducted by Deutsche Bank on behalf of the GSM Association indicated that investment in mobile broadband technology is set to increase over the coming year.

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