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Wireless internet services are about to overtake wired connections in terms of revenue, according to a European Commission member.

Viviane Reding, member of the European Commission responsible for the information society and media, said that as this begins to happen, wireless services will become ever more critical to consumers.

Speaking at a recent joint conference, she cited recent research indicating that wireless internet services will grow at about five times the rate of wired broadband services until 2010.

She added: "Ninety per cent of home computer users worldwide believe wireless networks will become more important, or even critical, for their everyday life over the next five years."

Because of this, she concluded, the UK and other European countries will have to reform the way that mobile bandwidth is regulated and sold, allowing internet service providers to bring customers the wireless broadband services they require in the future.

A recent report by the Telecommunications Industry Association has found that Europe currently has the highest percentage of subscribers of any region in the world.

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