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The USB dongle is the most popular way to access mobile broadband, with 110 million shipped this year alone, according to data from ABI Research.

This represents 46 per cent year-on-year growth and contributes to the 150 million mobile broadband modems which are expected to be shipped worldwide this year in total.

Commenting, Jeff Orr, Group Director for Mobile Devices at ABI Research, said: "USB dominates the market due to its relatively low cost and easy use, as it’s often used as an after-market upgrade for computer owners.

"As more 3G networks come online and as new 4G ones emerge, this lends itself toward an upgrade market opportunity for USB modems, followed by new PC purchases with an embedded modem module."

The second most popular method of accessing mobile broadband is using embedded mobile broadband, with 30 million shipments expected for this year.

Recent research by ABI highlighted that there will be 80 million long-term evolution (LTE) broadband users worldwide by the end of 2013, despite the technology not being launched in the UK until 2013.  

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