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Emerging nations around the world will find it easier to get connected to the internet via mobile broadband, according to one expert.

Speaking to the BBC, Ericsson's chief technology officer Hakan Eriksson, has said that he believes mobile broadband could be the saviour for less wealthy countries who have seen slow internet take-up.

The main factor, Mr Eriksson said, was mobile broadband's relative lack of expense as an method of connectivity, compared to fixed-line services.

He commented: "It is cheaper and faster to deploy and already it is being used to provide people access to valuable information for the first time, allowing children to access education services, villagers to find important medical advice or farmers to check crop prices."

After conducting a survey in association with Microsoft, the GSM Association estimated that there are 70 million consumers potentially interested in laptops with in-built mobile broadband connectivity.

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