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The number of mobile broadband subscriptions worldwide will reach 2.3 billion by the end of this year, it has been claimed.

According to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), mobile broadband penetration will reach 32 per cent, as more people seek access to the internet on the move.

Consumers are using devices such as dongles and 4G tablets to get online at their convenience.

In developed countries, the ITU expects the penetration rate to reach 84 per cent; a level four times higher than in developing countries (21 per cent).

Some 55 per cent of all mobile broadband subscriptions are expected to be in the developing world.

Europe will lead the way with 64 per cent, ahead of the Americas (59 per cent) and former Soviet states (49 per cent).

Overall, the ITU expects there to be almost three billion internet users around the world; approximately 40 per cent of the global population.

It reported that more than 90 per cent of those people not yet using the internet are from the developing world.

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