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A new Ofcom-commissioned study will investigate the quality of mobile broadband services available in the UK.

While the popularity of dongles has continued to increase in recent times, some consumers continue to harbour concerns over issues such as download speeds, data usage and reliability.

Ofcom noted that customer satisfaction levels are traditionally lower among mobile internet customers than those with a fixed broadband connection.

Cardiff-based analysis expert Epitiro will now take a closer look at the industry, currently dominated by 3, O2, Orange, T-Mobile and Vodafone, to assess the performance of mobile broadband deals in the UK.

The study will be carried out during the remainder of 2010, with a report on the sector expected to be published by Ofcom in the new year.

Gavin Johns, Chief Executive of Epitiro, said: "Epitiro has developed consumer experience analysis technology specifically for the mobile industry.

"We're excited to be undertaking this essential research for Ofcom."

According to the Global Mobile Suppliers Association, long-term evolution broadband technology is currently being developed in 41 countries around the world.

This figure is 71 per cent higher than the last total compiled six months ago, suggesting that more businesses are recognising the benefits of faster mobile broadband speeds.

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