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High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) will be the dominant mobile broadband network over the next five years, it has been claimed.

The technology, which enables broadband subscribers to surf the internet at high speeds using smartphones, will account for 70 per cent of mobile broadband subscribers by 2012, according to figures from Juniper Research.

Howard Wilcox, who led the research, said: "HSPA's in-service status in 2007 makes it already the most advanced mobile broadband technology, with many further deployments due in the near and medium-term."

The Juniper research also forecasts that mobile WiMax would attain a one digit share of the mobile broadband market, with the overall market expected to grow so that one in three people are using mobile broadband connections by 2012.

Demand for the mobile broadband is expected to come principally from the North American and European markets, with demand to be dictated by the availability of devices compatible with the technology.

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