Technology firm Ericsson has predicted that the number of mobile broadband subscribers is set to increase dramatically over the next few years.
According to the body, the number of people using the technology will rise from 400 million at present to 3.5 billion by 2015.
Hans Vestberg, President and Chief Executive Officer of Ericsson, said a new era of major data growth, driven by smartphones and other mobile devices, has only just begun.
"These new devices provide operators with new charging capabilities," he added.
"As a consequence, we are beginning to see signs of changed operator tariffs and pricing models aligned to consumer needs, especially for mobile broadband services and data usage."
Last month, education technology firm Tibboh launched a new child-friendly mobile broadband service.
The company's 3G network boasts a filtration system accredited by the British Board of Film Classification which is designed to ensure children only access age-appropriate content.