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3 expects mobile broadband to impact Wi-Fi market

The CEO of Three (3) UK, Kevin Russell, has hinted that he expects Mobile Broadband (HSPA) services to start taking on the Wi-Fi market this year. His comments came on the back of strong Q4-2008 results, which showed the mobile operator as being close to breaking even.

3 UK's CEO, Kevin Russell, told Mobile Today : "The next year will illustrate the effect that HSDPA networks can have. With a high capacity network reaching across the country, you can start to impact the world of Wi-Fi.

We are beginning to see a convergence between mobile and the internet that highlights the potential that mobile networks can deliver, such as the opportunities outlined by the Government's Digital Britain report."

Presently Three (3) is believed to have upwards of 1 Million USB Modem (Dongle) using Mobile Broadband customers in the UK. It has also gained a reputation for being one of the cheapest providers in the market, albeit not always capable offering the best quality.

Earlier last month we also reported that Three (3) had begun offering a monthly Mobile Broadband service for just £15 per month, which includes 15GB of monthly data usage and a free USB Modem. However there is a 24 month contract involved.

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