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Operators will be focusing much of their attention on the mobile broadband market in 2009, according to one senior figure at Vodafone.

Speaking to Mobile Today, the 3G broadband supplier's consumer sales chief, Tom Devine, has drawn attention to the new form of connectivity, tipping the market for connected laptops to heat up further this year.

"It is the super stellar market; a whole new revenue stream," he said. "We reckon there will be four million laptops sold this year - that gives you some idea of the potential size of the market."

Mr Devine went on to stress that speed, rather than price, would be the main factor behind consumers' choices in the market.

He commented: "For us, speed is clearly the differentiator. People will choose us because they will have confidence in our network."

Meanwhile, Vodafone has successfully tested mobile broadband technology reaching speeds of up to 20Mb.

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