The number of netbooks sold in the next few years could help to increase the popularity of mobile broadband.
That is the conclusion of a new study conducted by Pyramid Research, which has highlighted the potential for increased sales of the low-end computers over the next three to five years.
According to the report, mobile broadband services will be in higher demand because of the trend towards bundling netbooks with broadband access.
Cristiano Laux, co-author of the report, pointed out that ten million of the 13 million netbooks bought in 2008 were purchased in the last six months of the year, indicating their increasing popularity.
He commented: "Bundles of these machines with Internet access are set to become a bread-and-butter offering for operators in developed and emerging markets alike."
Mr Laux went on to say that netbooks look set to outsell notebooks by 2010.