BBC should have checked the numbers for Indonesia and Sri Lanka (corrected for overall population/subscriber numbers) and they would have found that these countries are ahead of Europe on the use if mobile dongles on computers to connect to the Internet.
Customers’ appetite for mobile data shows no sign of abating, if you look at figures supplied by network operator Orange.
It now has 3.8 million users on 3G phones or with 3G dongles that plug into your computer and give you broadband access over the cellular data networks.
According to Orange, 12,877 gigabytes of data travel over its network to 3G phones and dongles each day. That sounds a lot – but it’s actually only about 3.3 megabyes per user.
It’s why Paul Jevons, director of products, portals and services, told me: “The 3G dongle market is in the early stages of development; it only kicked off last year.”