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Mobile broadband is fast-becoming a rival to fixed-line services, according to one expert.

Tim Lord, regulatory director at telecoms Hutchison 3G, was speaking at the Joint Westminster eForum & Westminster Media Forum keynote seminar: Digital Britain.

He told the audience that the rising popularity of mobile broadband could mean more customers decide to ditch their home broadband subscriptions and buy dongles.

"Mobile broadband has been an enormous success in the UK and about 15 per cent of customers are actually thinking about giving up their fixed-line and moving to a mobile service," he said

Mr Lord went onto predict the possible increase of converged communications: "I think that ( the number of customers thinking of switching to fixed-line) may increase, but that's [due to] whether or not we are convergent."

Another broadband topic discussed at the event was the question of universal access throughout the UK, a theme also taken up in the Digital Britain report by Lord Carter.

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