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The use of mobile broadband services can help combat the UK digital divide, a leading service provider has claimed.

Vodafone has called for greater recognition of how connected mobile devices can help get people online - specifically the 11 million UK citizens who do not currently use the internet.

With this in mind, the broadband provider has signed up to the government’s new Digital Inclusion Charter.

This aims to engage with and motivate those people across the UK who lack the basic digital skills or capabilities to take advantage of the internet.

According to Vodafone, mobile technology is already making the internet more accessible for millions of people.

It noted that the vast majority of households now have at least one connected smartphone or tablet, allowing them to get online in an instant.

Vodafone said it will collaborate with Government Digital Service, Go ON UK and other connected organisations to ensure mobile devices are at the centre of an "inclusion revolution".

Jeroen Hoencamp, Chief Executive Officer at Vodafone UK, said the digital world can seem "quite daunting" to those who do not use it on a regular basis.

"We are delighted to see the government is taking this issue seriously and is obviously committed to broadening digital inclusion," he stated.

"We look forward to working with them and other connected organisations to demonstrate the benefits of mobile in tackling this issue in terms of ease, cost and availability."

According to IT analyst Gartner, global shipments of connected devices - including PCs, tablets, ultra-mobiles and smartphones - are projected to reach 2.5 billion units in 2014.

This would represent a 6.9 per cent increase on 2013, up from the 4.8 per cent growth rate recorded last year; further evidence of the growing popularity of web-enabled technology.

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