Mobile broadband is becoming more and more popular with the ubiquity of smartphones and tablets, but some providers are struggling to cope with demand.
Consumers and staff who utilise mobile working are some of the people who are using much higher bandwidths than mobile providers anticipated, which has made some companies alter their broadband packages, broadband.co.uk has said.
Edd Dawson, editor of the online magazine, said: “Tablets definitely are increasing the use but obviously there’re less tablets about than there are smartphones. So, it’s the smartphone that’s really driving the use, although obviously the tablet is adding to it.”
Experts have predicted that global smartphone sales will reach almost 500 million by the end of 2011, and research has shown that 71 per cent of these people are likely to regularly access the internet on their phones, whether for work or leisure.
Broadband.co.uk found that several mobile broadband providers, including O2 and T-Mobile, have reduced their broadband allowances.