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The global mobile broadband market will benefit greatly if the 2.6GHz band is licensed for use, according to a study.

Research by Global View Partners, in collaboration with the GSM Association (GSMA), found that the bandwidth will be key to satisfying growing demand for mobile broadband and the launch of next-generation technology such as long-term evolution.

It found that progress has been made towards the allocation of the 2.6GHz frequency, but already the European Union has agreed that its use should be harmonised across all countries.

Tom Phillips, Chief Regulatory Affairs Officer at the GSMA, said: "There is clear evidence that the volume of data flowing over mobile networks is growing rapidly and is being accelerated by the popularity of smartphones and the growth in music and video downloads."

The publication of the report has come after a study by CCS Insight revealed that the number of mobile broadband subscribers in key European markets will rise from 22 million at the end of 2009 to over 43 million by 2011.

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