Number of U.S. Computers Accessing the Internet Via Mobile Broadband Soars 154 Percent in 2007

4 Mar

The study examined the usage and characteristics of mobile broadband
users through data collected from computers where Internet access via mobile
broadband Internet service providers (ISPs) occurred. Mobile broadband employs
cellular networks, where users pay subscriptions for access and the connection
is made with a PC card, built-in adapter, or connections can be tethered via a
cell-phone or PDA, and is different than Wi-Fi access, which is predicated on
the availability of short range “hot spots” where access fees often apply
incrementally for each connection.  In 2007, Verizon and Sprint accounted
for the majority of the mobile broadband market.  AT&T has announced it will increase its coverage in
2008. 

The number
of computers using mobile broadband technology to access the Internet grew by
154 percent in Q4 2007 versus the same period in 2006.

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