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The global mobile broadband market grew by 55 per cent last year, despite a soft final quarter, a new report has indicated.

A study conducted by Infonetics Research indicates that the adoption of High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) helped increase market revenues to $6.4 billion (£4.2 billion) worldwide during 2009.

Meanwhile, the number of mobile broadband users is reported to have surpassed DSL subscribers for the first time.

Richard Webb, the firm's Directing Analyst for Mobile Devices, claimed that the lingering effects of recession impacted on the dongle and netbook market between October and December, but overall the trend remained positive.

"Fundamental drivers remain strong and the market will continue to gather momentum, driven by HSPA, and we expect to see fewer growth blips in the future," he stated.

Last week, the Broadband Forum reported that more than 466 million people now have access to broadband services around the world.

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