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The number of mobile broadband users worldwide could top one billion worldwide by the year 2013, according to new research.

Newly-published figures from Infonetics Research has revealed a 125 per cent rise in the number of 3G broadband users in 2008 compared with 2007.

This takes the total number of mobile broadband subscribers to 210.5 billion. It was also found that sales of data cards reached $4.1 billion (£2.9 billion) across the globe last year.

"With HSPA going live around many parts of the world, mobile broadband adoption accelerated in 2008, as mobile networks finally started to deliver on the promise of high speed mobile access," assessed Richard Webb, directing analyst for WiMAX, microwave and mobile devices.

In the manufacturing market for dongles and embedded SIMs, Sony Ericsson and Huawei were found to take the lead market share.

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