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The number of people taking advantage of mobile broadband technology in Europe could soar to 116.6 million by 2014.

That is according to a new report from Pyramid Research, which claims that the service presents numerous opportunities for both operators and consumers.

A major driver behind this growth will be the roll-out of high-speed 3G, 3G+ and LTE networks, the study shows.

Bakhyt Weeks, an analyst at the group and author of the report, said: "It has been a while since we saw an opportunity this big in European mobile communications.

"A wide range of broadband devices that are easy-to-use and attractive are now available from operators."

She added that the number of prepaid offers is also an attraction, particularly as they are ideal for those who travel regularly or do not want to be tied into fixed contracts.

Figures published the market research group Screen Digest this week showed that usage of dongle devices rose by 800 per cent in Europe between 2006 and last year.

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