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The number of mobile broadband subscribers has been forecast to top one billion globally by 2013 in a new study.

Research by Infonetics in its new paper Mobile Broadband Cards, Routers, Services and Subscribers claims the number of people using mobile broadband in 2008 jumped by 125 per cent compared to figures for the previous year.

The firm has predicted that sales of mobile broadband dongles will "continue gathering momentum" throughout 2009.

Richard Webb, directing analyst of Infonetics Research, said companies have "finally started to deliver on the promise of high-speed" mobile broadband.

"Growth in the number of mobile broadband subscribers hit triple-digit percents in all the major world regions in 2008, indicating a booming market," he added.

Financial website Money High Street recently claimed that people heading to university this autumn could benefit from using mobile broadband rather than a fixed-line alternative.

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