According to this report from the company, Disruptive-analysis, there’s currently 35 million global users of mobile broadband computing with Europe accounting for 50% of those users.
The summary is an interesting look at what could happen.
- “Free” netbooks, provided on a subsidised basis by mobile operators on typical 2-year contracts are popular, but have a limited addressable market.
- The new market category of MIDs will grow only slowly. Only 3m will be sold in 2009, although by 2014 this should grow to ten times that figure.
Unfortunately it doesnt mention the definition of a MID in the summary but that 3m figure suggests something other than-style mobile internet. The report also mentions tethering, USB dongles and LTE. Take a look at the summary report here:
Via WirelessMoves who also has some good commentary