High-speed packet access (HSPA) technology will continue to dominate the mobile broadband sector for the foreseeable future, it has been claimed.
IT analyst Ovum has forecast that HSPA connections will hit 1.87 billion by 2015, growing at a compound annual growth rate of 46 per cent.
The firm said that despite the hype surrounding long-term evolution (LTE) technology, HSPA is "a firmly established technology with a mature infrastructure and device ecosystem".
"It has a natural upgrade path in the form of the enhanced HSPA+, which is being deployed in ever-greater volumes in 2010 and will keep getting better and better," said Ovum Principal Analyst Julien Grivolas.
"Indeed, HSPA+ and its future enhancements could be sufficient for many operators' needs for the next five years."
He claimed that LTE will "really take off" from 2012, but HSPA will not go out of fashion and broadband providers are "not about to turn their backs on it anytime soon".
Last month, communications regulator Ofcom claimed it will be at least 2014 before UK internet service providers can use LTE technology, owing to cost and regulatory constraints.