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Wi-Fi internet services could become obsolete as more customers look to mobile broadband services.

In a recent statement, a senior executive at telecoms provider Ericsson told delegates that he anticipated the end of wireless hotspots in places like airports and coffee shops as they slowly became obsolete in the face of competition from the mobile broadband market.

At the European Computer Audit, Control and Security Conference in Stockholm, Ericsson's chief marketing officer Johan Bergendahl said that such services could become "the telephone boxes of the broadband era".

Mr Bergendahl continued by stating that in Austria, experts are predicting that mobile broadband packages will overtake fixed-line services as early as the end of the year.

Similar predictions have been made in the UK, as well as a number of other countries. The US for example saw a 154 per cent rise in the number of people using the services in 2007, according to analyst comScore.

Mr Bergandahl added that mobile broadband services are growing at a faster rate than mobile or fixed phone services ever did.

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