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The cost of mobile broadband means it may not yet be seen as a viable business option by many firms, an expert has suggested.

Dave Bailey of has admitted that the technology has made great strides in recent years, with enhancements such as HSPA+ making for a better user experience.

But Mr Bailey has still questioned whether the cost may outweigh the benefits for some businesses, especially considering the add-ons which can make 3G broadband use expensive.

He explained: "Most of the mobile operators impose a 3GB per month download limit on their mobile broadband services, and punitive fees for exceeding that limit are likely.

"Similarly, if users go abroad, charges can ramp up fairly quickly - charging more than £4 per megabyte is not unknown."

Motorola recently announced the commencement of testing on 4G long-term evolution technology which could result in higher mobile broadband speeds.

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