LONDON Sweden and Austria are leading the way in the take-up of mobile broadband in Europe, according to market watcher Berg Insight, which suggests there will be 5 million connections at the end of this year.
Berg Insight (Gothenburg, Sweden) says European mobile operators such as Mobilkom, 3, Telenor and A1 "are getting this right” and are signing up hundreds of thousands of subscribers to the so called "Turbo 3G" networks, some of which charge just 20 Euros a month for a service delivering 7 Mbits/second.
The market research group forecasts the total value of the European mobile broadband market will grow at an annual compound growth rate of 22.9 percent over the next five years to reach Euros 3 billion.
It says by 2011 the number of connections will have reached nearly 30 million subscribers. At that time, Berg Insight suggests, high data rate mobile network connectivity will have become a standard feature in mass-market notebook PCs just like WLAN is today.
"The emerging trend with fixed and mobile broadband access packaged as a unified service is expected to become prevalent among the leading ISPs, erasing the borders between the wired and wireless telecom service domains," according to the market watcher.