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Consumers are increasingly using mobile devices as their default gateway to the internet, it has been claimed.

In a new report, International Data Corporation pointed to the rising popularity of mobile broadband delivered over tablets and related solutions.

The company said the US is leading the trend, which sees more consumers migrating away from PC-based internet usage.

Western Europe and Japan are said to be following around two years behind.

"In the consumer world, mobile internet usage is already beginning to displace PC usage," said Karsten Weide, Program Vice-President for Media & Entertainment at IDC.

He said the 'Great PC Exodus' is happening because the personal computer was never truly a consumer product.

"Many consumers use them because there was no better alternative," Mr Weide noted.

But with a "huge and growing" installed base of more user-friendly tablets and other mobile devices, things are starting to change, he added.

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