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Mobile broadband is to rival ADSL broadband in Europe over the coming years, the results of recently conducted research suggest.

A report from Analysis Mason estimates that there will be 148 million mobile broadband connections active by 2014.

This would make up nearly half of all broadband connections throughout the continent - it is thought many users will take on a 3G connection in order to compliment their landline service.

Author of the report, Analysis Mason's principal analyst, Matt Hatton, predicted: "Mobile broadband will be the key growth driver in Europe during the next five years.

"As growth in voice service revenue stagnates, mobile broadband provides operators with an opportunity to tap into a valuable new revenue stream – and they can not afford to miss out."

Some 59 per cent of mobile broadband connections will be pre-pay in 2014, according to Analysis Mason.

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