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The UK is now home to 21,371,000 fixed line broadband connections, according to the latest report by Ofcom.

In the regulator's Telecoms Market Data Tables Q3 2012 report, it reveals that the country's broadband subscriber base continues to rise, with superfast fibre broadband proving particularly popular.

The total connections, including corporate lines, rose 264,000 between the second and third quarters of 2012 and now features 639,000 superfast fibre broadband connections, the data suggests.

The actual figure is expected to be even higher, as the figures are only accurate as of the end of September 2012, and many broadband providers including Sky, Virgin Media and BT have since reported significant take-up of broadband, particularly superfast offerings.

Ofcom's figures also revealed that the total number of mobile broadband subscribers – those using datacard and dongle-based connections - has now topped five million, rising from 4,989,000 in the second quarter of last year to 5,007,000 in Q3.

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