There will be a billion mobile broadband subscriptions worldwide in a year's time, the telecoms kit-maker Ericsson has predicted.
Ericsson said on Tuesday that the number of subscriptions would double during 2011, as there are around 500 million mobile broadband subscriptions at present. The rise will be driven by smartphones, laptops and tablets, the company said.
According to the manufacturer, the biggest growth will be seen in the Asia-Pacific region, where it expects 400 million subscriptions to be in place by the end of the year. North America and Western Europe would be next with 200 million each, Ericsson claimed, adding that it expected the global total to reach 3.8 billion subscriptions by 2015.