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There will be 80 million long-term evolution (LTE) broadband users worldwide by the end of 2013, it has been predicted.

According to ABI Research, the number of businesses and households using LTE services is set to rise significantly over the next two years.

The firm expects there to be just 16 million subscribers worldwide at the end of 2011, meaning another 64 million will sign up during 2012 and 2013.

However, few if any of these will be in the UK, where LTE mobile broadband is set to launch in 2013 at the earliest.

ABI Research Analyst Fei Feng Seet said the firm is expecting to see more LTE networks lighting up in the next year or two, but broadband providers are now taking "a quieter approach" when it comes to deployment.

"The issue of insufficient spectrum echoes across various markets and is especially evident in developing regions as regulators are a bit slow in reacting to market needs," he stated.

Eventually, LTE services could deliver mobile broadband speeds in excess of 100Mb, researchers believe.

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