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The dongle market has a new arrival after Nokia confirmed plans to manufacture its own USB modem sticks.

Speaking to Reuters, Tapio Markki, Nokia's vice president for hardware platform components, said that the company plans to offer the devices in conjunction with offers promoted by operators.

Nokia sees itself as in a good position to make use of its knowledge of the sector - the firm has thus far refused to reveal prices attached to the new gadgets.

Commenting on the news, Steve Corner of iTWire suggested that the HSPA modem market shows more promise than that of "embedded units".

He said: "While the market for external HSPA modems in undoubtedly very strong, doubts remain about embedded units, despite the recent formation of a global alliance led by the GSM Association to promoted laptops with embedded wireless broadband as "a compelling alternative to Wi-Fi."

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