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Some 16 million broadband subscribers will be using long-term evolution (LTE) services by the end of the year, it has been reported.

According to ABI Research, 12 countries around the world now have commercial LTE services and the market is starting to gain "critical momentum".

The firm explained that LTE services have been rolled out in mature economies such as Germany, and also emerging nations including Uzbekistan.

ABI Research noted that there are more than 100 mobile devices – including dongles – now capable of supporting LTE services.

The company predicted that 205 million LTE-ready mobile devices will ship in 2014, as the technology gains in popularity over the coming years.

According to Ofcom, LTE mobile broadband is set to launch in the UK in 2014, once regulatory obstacles have been overcome.

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