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Thursday, March 13, 2008

Mobile Broadband Spells End Of Wifi Hotspots?

Johan Bergendahl, Chief Marketing Officer at Ericcson, has used his keynote speech at the European Computer Audit, Control and Security Conference to predict that mobile broadband will consign wifi hotspots to the dustbin of history.

He told his audience that Wifi hotspots would soon become outdated, adding: "Hot spots at places like are becoming the telephone boxes of the broadband era". He also pointed out that the best selling phone in Sweden is in fact a USB Modem.

It's hard to argue with his analysis. Wifi Hotspots continue to serve a purpose, but they are often expensive and unarguably less convenient than having mobile broadband wherever you are, though a USB dongle or by using your phone.

For more information on mobile broadband in the UK, check out our dedicated mobile broadband internet page.

For more reaction to Bergendahl's speech, check out these links.
What do you think? Do you see a future for the Wifi Hotspot?

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