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Orange has reported the growth of its mobile broadband customer base.

The mobile broadband provider's financial figures for the third quarter show that 2.9 million of its customers now use mobile data - this year-on-year growth is thought to have been aided by the increase in sales of Orange dongles, reports Business Week.

According to the report, US modem sticks being supplied to existing customers as well as the capture of new mobile broadband subscribers have contributed to the growth.

Orange now claims that 3G mobile broadband coverage has risen to 94 per cent in the UK and that 3.5G (HSDPA) access is now available to 56 per cent of the country.

The company reportedly has plans in the pipeline to offer 14.4Mb broadband in the top five cities of the UK, with 7.3 Mb being offered in the top 30 locations.

Orange's Internet Everywhere mobile broadband offer currently includes an Asus Eee PC 900 laptop for £25 per month on a two-year deal.

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