According to a new research report from the analyst firm Berg Insight, HSPA/LTE accounted for 20.6% of the total number of broadband connections in Europe at the end of 2010.
The number of HSPA/LTE mobile broadband subscribers (connected PCs and tablets) grew by 33% year-on-year in 2010 to reach 33.9% and is forecasted to continue to grow at a CAGR of 18.9% to 96 million by 2016.
The levels of adoption of mobile broadband vary significantly across Europe. Berg says Austria is the most advanced market with a penetration rate of over 20%, corresponding to 46% of all broadband connections in the country. Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Ireland and Portugal also have penetration rates above 10%. Belgium, Switzerland and Greece on the other hand have penetration rates of less than 3%.
The report found that pricing also varies significantly across the different markets, with subscriptions costing around four times more in the most expensive countries compared to the least expensive ones. The lowest prices can be found in the Baltic countries, Poland and Austria with average monthly prices ranging € 8–11 for a 3 GB bundle at a data rate of at least 3.6 Mbps. The highest prices can be found in Switzerland and Spain (€ 40 per month).
The North American market has so far evolved at a slower pace, with mobile broadband accounting for just 13.2% of the total number of connections. Between 2010 and 2016, the North American market is forecasted to grow at a CAGR of 25.8% to reach 58 million subscribers at the end of the period.