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Mobile broadband services are continuing to rise in popularity, according to new research.

The study by the GSM Association (GSMA) found that the rate of growth in the area has increased by nearly two-thirds in the past year, as over nine million new High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) connections are coming into use every month across the globe.

In addition, Europe was found to account for an estimated three million of these, while an estimated 27 million new connections are expected to be in use worldwide by the end of this year.

GSMA's Director of Technology Dan Warren said the next-generation technologies coming into use in the sector, such as HSPA+ and Long Term Evolution, are likely to improve mobile broadband services further.

He added that the new services will "continue to deliver increased data speeds and enable mobile operators to constantly improve service experience by delivering the latest, feature-rich multimedia applications to their customers".

Recent figures published by mobileSQUARED found that mobile connections are set to exceed fixed-line alternatives by 2011.

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