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Demand for dial-up connections is dying out as more and more internet users opt for broadband, according to new statistics.

According to figures from Point-Topic, reported by ISPreview, there are now only around 2.2 million broadband users left in the UK.

Evidence of the trend is supported by figures from the National Office of Statistics showing that just one in five Britons now have a dial-up connection.

The figure represents a huge drop from six months ago when data from the same organisation revealed that 3.6 million Britons were relying on the connections.

What is more, it seems as though the migration to broadand is set to become more marked in the next five months, with Point-Topic predicting that dial-up users will number just 1.5 million by the end of 2007.

News of the figures comes amid increasing competition from broadband providers which have been offering attractive packaged deals, while some have bundled their service with free gifts.

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