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Growth in mobile broadband hailed by Ofcom

Mobile broadband, which sees people gaining access to the internet through USB modems, data cards and "dongles", is increasing rapidly in popularity.This was the headline finding from regulator Ofcom's new report into the communications market in the UK.According to the body, sales of dongles have shot up from 69,000 to 133,000 per month over the course of this year alone.It is the growth of mobile broadband which has led to overall penetration of the service to increase by six per cent over the past 12 months, with around six in ten Britons now having access.More generally, the average time spent each day using communications - including phones, TV and broadband internet - was found by Ofcom to have increased to seven hours and nine minutes.This is six minutes above 2002's total.Peter Phillips at Ofcom commented: "Our devotion to watching, listening and staying in touch wherever and whenever we want shows no sign of diminishing and, with healthy competition, overall prices offer increasing value for money."

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