Future developments in the mobile broadband sector are to be considered at the upcoming Mobile World Congress.
International industry organisation the GSMA has announced plans to focus on the challenges facing the mobile internet world given the current economic climate.
Delegates from telecoms companies including Nokia and Skype, as well as online brands including Google, are to come together at the event to look at ways to boost mobile broadband uptake.
This will form part of the GSMA's intention to create a universal mobile broadband infrastructure to provide coverage across the globe.
Figures from the organisation suggest that there are four billion mobile connections around the world, with 100 million of these featuring mobile broadband capabilities.
"As we enter 2009, the world is in the midst of a broad economic slowdown, one that is impacting every facet of business, every link in the communications value chain," explained Michael O'Hara chief marketing officer of the GSMA.
"To address the significant challenges facing the global economy, the GSMA and its membership are focused on leveraging mobility to create new opportunities and to drive productivity and prosperity."