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Demand for iPad broadband deals is continuing to rise, based upon research conducted by IT analyst IDC.

The firm has reported an 88.9 per cent rise in media tablet shipments during the second quarter of 2011.

Orders were up 303.8 per cent on the previous year, with vendors shipping 13.6 million units between April and June 2011.

Based on this strong performance in the second quarter, IDC has raised its shipment forecast for 2011 to 62.5 million units, up from a previous projection of 53.5 million units.

The analyst reported that tablet shipments were driven by continued robust demand for Apple's iPad 2.

Some 9.3 million next-generation iPad devices were sold during the second quarter, with the model claiming a 68.3 per cent share of the market.

During the first quarter of 2011, the iPad 2 accounted for 65.7 per cent of all tablet shipments.

"Media tablet shipments grew at a solid pace in the second quarter, led by continued strong demand for Apple products," said Tom Mainelli, Research Director for mobile connected devices.

"We expect shipment totals to continue to grow in the third and fourth quarter, as additional vendors introduce more price-competitive Android products into the market and Apple works to maintain its dominance in the category."

He predicted that Apple's iOS share will continue to lead by more than 40 percentage points over Google's Android for the remainder of the year.

A number of UK mobile broadband providers – including Orange, T-Mobile and Three – are currently offering iPad 2 broadband deals.

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