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Three is set to launch a new mobile broadband Wi-Fi hub on its UK network, the broadband provider has announced.

The ZTE MF10 dongle adapter converts an existing USB mobile broadband dongle into a Wi-Fi hot-spot, allowing people to share their 3G connection via Wi-Fi at home.

This allows up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices to access the internet in the home, including tablets, games consoles and laptops.

The gadget also includes an Ethernet socket allowing it to be used as a router for wired connections, giving users maximum broadband flexibility.

A major advantage is that the mobile broadband Wi-Fi Hub is compatible with almost all USB dongles, including Three's recently announced HSPA+ compatible device.

This next-generation dongle offers up to 40 per cent faster browsing, with further speed upgrades expected as Three continues to invest in its UK network infrastructure.

The mobile broadband provider is aiming to have 80 per cent of its network upgraded to HSPA+ by the end of this year, with the rest following soon afterwards.

As such, an increasing proportion of UK dongle users will be able to utilise mobile broadband for advanced online services.

David Kerrigan, Head of Mobile Broadband at Three, said the ZTE MF10 Dongle Adapter is "a fantastic addition" to the firm's existing range of mobile broadband devices.

"It offers people the flexibility of being able to create a Wi-Fi hotspot making their existing dongle even more useful, if they already own an mobile broadband dongle," he stated.

The adapter – which comes in a black model – is mains powered and has a 30-metre range.

It is compatible with the Huawei E122, E1550, E156G, E169, E1750, E1820, E353u, E367u, ZTE MF112 and MF627 USB devices, meaning a significant proportion of dongle users will be able to take advantage of the development.

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