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Mobile broadband deals are proving ever more popular all over the world as the technology increases.

As a result of this, Informa Telecoms & Media has estimated that the global number of subscriptions grew by 93 per cent in the year to March 2009 to stand at 225 million.

A report from the research company indicated that the growth in mobile broadband uptake also led to a noticeable increase in data revenues for mobile operators.

Telecoms & Media explained that 3G broadband is taking off as a result of limitations of fixed-line coverage in some countries.

Nick Jotischky, principal analyst for the company, suggested that data services are becoming more central to the strategies of mobile operators as they attempt to retain customer revenue levels.

"Mobile operators cannot afford to overlook the effects of the economic downturn on consumer spending and especially the discretionary spend of data services," he commented.

Despite the popularity of mobile broadband, PC Pro reported recently that deployments of fourth-generation (4G) technology could be delayed in the UK because of the need for spectrum to first be reallocated.

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