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The number of High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) based mobile broadband connections will surpass 150 million this summer, it has been estimated.

According to the GSM Association (GSMA), the 3G technology - which comes built into a number of laptop models - will see 200 million customers around the world by the first quarter of 2010.

While interest continues to grow for next-generation wireless technology such as Long Term Evolution (LTE), the organisation suggested that HSPA mobile broadband services are already available in 127 different countries.

Dan Warren, Director of Technology for the GSMA, said: "The tremendous success of HSPA demonstrates the enormous ongoing demand for truly mobile broadband access.

"By using a single technology for mobile broadband services globally, we avoid the fragmentation that limits its potential to improve the quality of people's lives."

Recently, analyst ABI Research predicted that global spending on LTE base stations is set to exceed £2 billion in 2011, as more mobile broadband suppliers upgrade their networks.

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