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Mobile broadband connectivity fail to deliver promised speeds

A survey carried out in February and March by broadband comparison Website Broadband expert, foud out that mobile broadband users can expect on average a 1.46mbps connection which is roughly around half the 2.95mbps house users can expect.

To make things worse, mobile broadband carry relatively low data usage limits with the most expensive packages offering only 7GB of data transfer per month and several "unlimited" packages actually imposing a 3GB fair usage limitation.

Vodafone users can expect to get around 2.3mbps which is less than a quarter of the 7.2mbps advertised speeds while T-Mobile and 3's customers got speeds averaging 1mbps. O2 released a mobile broadband service earlier this month.

There were also a number of factors which influenced your actual speed of connection; for example, speeds in urban areas was better than in rural regions because of coverage; the actual number of people connecting to a single connecting point at any one time could also be a determining factor.

Technical director of Broadband Expert, William Harvey, noted that : "With mobile broadband, speed shouldn't necessarily be the main focus when choosing a product. The most important factors to consider are network coverage linked to reliable service provision, It is not surprising that mobile broadband is behind fixed line broadband as it's a comparatively new technology"

More than 1200 mobile broadband connections were probed for the survey.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.