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The vast majority of broadband users will be using mobile broadband technology in five years time, according to one operator.

Ericsson has predicted that by the year 2013, mobile broadband will take up an 80 per cent share of the market, overtaking fixed-line connections.

"That includes people who have abandoned their fixed-line connection in favour of mobile broadband, or are new broadband," clarified John Cunliffe, Ericsson CTO for north western Europe, speaking to Total Telecom.

He went on to tell the magazine that the no-hassle nature of mobile broadband gives it an advantage over the fixed-line alternative.

Cunliffe commented: '"Installation of a fixed connection into the customer premises is a nightmare for both the consumer and the service provider, compared to a mobile connection which self-installs and automatically connects to the network."

Ovum analyst Nathan Burley recently told iTWire that although mobile broadband may soon enjoy much-increased connection speeds, there is uncertainty over the cost of providing such high-speed services.

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