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This article titled “Over 3m homes rely on mobile broadband for internet, finds Ofcom” was written by Charles Arthur, for guardian.co.uk on Thursday 26th May 2011 21.56 UTC

Around 7% of UK households, or 1.5m of the total 21.3m, use mobile devices exclusively to connect to the internet, and a total of 3.6m, or 17%, used mobile broadband for internet access, according to new research by communications regulator Ofcom.

The study, carried out between September and December 2010 with broadband monitoring specialists Epitiro, found that the number of homes using mobile devices for exclusive access had doubled from 3% in 2009.

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