Mobile broadband could offer very high speeds in the future, according to two experts.
Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe have written on IT Pro that the quoted speeds for mobile broadband is usually a "theoretical maximum".
"It's not just that the actual speed is shared with everyone else using data on the same cell; it's that the speed quoted and the actual speed delivered are both only the speed to connect to the base station - not the internet," writes the pair.
In the future, it could be hard to tell the difference between mobile broadband and DSL, they added.
People living in busy cities such as London, Birmingham and Liverpool could benefit from high speed mobile broadband "by next March" and 80 per cent of dongles could connect to the faster speed, claim the duo.
Money High Street recently claimed that mobile broadband could be a better option for students that a fixed-line alternative.