85 percent global coverage by 3G broadband

Throughout the world 3G mobile broadband coverage is increasing and along with that more and more users of tablet and laptop are able to have access to internet. According to the Swedish telecommunications provider, Ericsson, 3G services which enable dongle users to access internet, would cover almost 85 per cent of the global population by 2017. The provider said that the 3G coverage would be more than double the current coverage levels of 2G.

It is estimated that currently around 50 per cent of the global population are able to access 3G services and major investment in network in some regions is expected within five years. According to Ericsson at present there are 6.2 billion mobile subscribers in the world and by 2017 this figure may go up to 9 billion. It is also estimated that by 2017 the worldwide mobile data traffic would boost fifteen fold. At the same time the mobile broadband subscription which stood at one billion by the end of 2011 is expected to go up to five billion by 2017.

According to Douglas Gilstrap, Ericsson Strategy chief, there is a belief that access to internet is a must for any device. This notion is the reason for the growth of demand for improved data traffic and mobile broadband. The company expects that by 2017 at least half of the global population would have access to the 4G services.

As far as the UK is concerned, the 4G service would be launched in 2013 or 2014 depending on the auction of 800 MHz and 2.6 GHz radio spectrum by the telecoms regulatory authority, Ofcom. However, Everything Everywhere is trying to launch the next generation services this year itself by using its existing 1800 MHz spectrum but it depends on the outcome of the ongoing Consultation.

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