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Despite the fact that the WiMAX wireless network will have more than 100 million subscribers by the year 2013, HSPA will be the more popular technology.

That is according to a study carried out by Informa Telecoms and Media, which predicts that there will be a total of 103 million people subscribed to WiMAX in five years time, compared to over one billion HSPA users.

Informa's principal analyst Mike Roberts says that although WiMAX has fared well in the last year, it is unlikely to be able to compete with the mushrooming of mobile broadband which is driving the growth of HSPA.

He said: "The converging broadband market has changed dramatically in the last year due to the rise of HSDPA and the acceleration of LTE.

"There's no doubt that Mobile WiMAX has come of age in the last year with the launch of major new services... but it now faces a tough fight with HSDPA and eventually LTE in key markets."

Both forms of broadband connection could soon be upstaged by the arrival of the 4G LTE technology predicted to increase speeds.

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