2007, cellular modem shipments increased by more than 300% over 2006. Not only
was the dramatic increase remarkable, but interestingly USB modems accounted for
over half of the shipments. Growth drivers included continued expansion of 3G
cellular networks, and the popularity of USB modems among retail sales staff.
But probably the most significant drivers were the expansion of offers for
mobile broadband access and the simultaneous reductions in price on the part of
high percentage of the cellular modem shipments in 2007.
analyst Dan Shey of ABI Research says, "European mobile operators' aggressive
mobile broadband pricing was striking. It released the pent-up demand for
wireless broadband services and showed the possibilities for growth in other
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