LONDON High-speed packet access (HSPA) accounted for 11.6 percent of the total number of PC broadband connections in Europe at the end of 2008, according to analyst firm Berg Insight AB (Gothenburg, Sweden).
The number of HSPA/LTE mobile broadband subscribers grew by 74 percent year-on-year in 2008 to reach 14.6 million and is forecasted to continue to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 30 percent to 70 million in 2014.
The North American market has evolved at a slower pace, with mobile broadband accounting for just 4.5 percent of the total number of connections. Between 2008 and 2014, the North American market is forecasted to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 43 percent to reach 35 million subscribers at the end of the period.
"Tomorrow's broadband service providers will have to offer their subscribers multiple access methods," said Marcus Persson, telecom analyst at Berg Insight. He predicted that LTE will become the technology of choice outside of the home, while bandwidth hungry applications such as IPTV still require fixed broadband due to the restricted capacity in mobile networks caused by limited availability of frequencies.
"We believe that LTE will prevail as the main wireless technology also in North America. The idea to construct another nationwide network in the US based on any alternative technology does not seem credible in the current financial climate", Marcus concluded.
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