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Mobile broadband services in Europe will rise significantly in popularity in the near future, a new report has revealed.

According to the study by analyst house CCS Insight, both subscriber and revenue numbers linked to the technology are set to almost double by 2011.

It has been suggested that the number of subscribers in key European markets will rise from 22 million at the end of last year to over 43 million in two years' time, while total revenues over the same period will reach €11 billion (£9.8 billion).

Shaun Collins, Managing Director at the research body, said competition will help to drive the world of mobile broadband forward.

He added: "In this market, we expect to see not only growth, but also changes in the dynamic across Europe as the countries currently with the least mobile broadband penetration – France and Spain – experience the fastest growth in subscribers in the coming years."

Recent research from the GSM Association suggested that the licensing of the 2.6GHz band will help to unlock mobile broadband growth.

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