Mobile broadband to reach 1bn connections in 2012

Pyramid Research forecasts that the mobile broadband market worldwide will reach 1 billion connections during 2012, segmented by 3G and 4G network technologies. Mobile operators around the world will invest billions in the spectrum and network infrastructure to deploy 4G networks, but are struggling to keep pace with 3G data traffic growth driven by the use of smartphones and USB dongles, as well as bandwidth-intensive video content and applications. These challenges require a transaction-based business case that allows them to more fully monetise the broadband traffic generated by mobile Internet services, content, and applications, according to the report.