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The amount of mobile broadband users could hit almost three billion by 2014, according to one industry expert.

Hans Vestberg, chief financial officer of Ericsson, told the Broadband World Forum in Paris that there was "fantastic growth" ahead for mobile broadband.

He claims there will be three billion mobile broadband users in five years time and this figure could rise to 50 billion in 2020.

Mr Vestberg likened the development of broadband in the future to that of steam, coal and iron, stating that broadband will be "massively deployed" by the time 2020 comes around.

Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe recently wrote on IT Pro that mobile broadband could offer consumers very high speeds in the future.

They claimed people living in cities such as London, Birmingham and Liverpool could access high speed mobile broadband in 2010, adding that 80 per cent of dongles would be able to connect to the faster service.

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