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A number of major broadband providers are looking to shape the way that people use mobile broadband services in the future, an analyst reports.

Writing in the Financial Times, Paul Taylor argues that providers are currently looking for support for a range of technologies that will be capable of supplying high-speed mobile broadband throughout the UK.

"At stake is a potentially huge market for 4G telecoms equipment and services that could dwarf the market to date for 3G technology," he asserts.

The World Mobile Congress in Barcelona could be an important precursor for the way that mobile broadband is supplied in the future, Mr Taylor states.

His comments follow recent announcements by O2 and Vodafone that they are currently running femtocell trials to provide the UK with high-speed mobile broadband services.

Femtocell technology uses wireless access points that enable a connection to core DSL networks that can carry large amounts of data.

Vivek Dev, chief operating officer for telefonica O2 Europe, has said that the technology "has the potential to support increased growth in the usage and consumption of services".

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