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The British broadband market was marked by increasing consolidation in the second quarter of 2007, as the leading ISPs tightened their grip on the market, new research has revealed.

According to figures from Point Topic, although dips in market share were noted for Virgin Media and Orange, the 'big six' providers - BT, Virgin Media, Carphone Warehouse, Tiscali, Orange and Sky - accounted for an even bigger share of the broadband market at 94 per cent.

Their increasing dominance was at the expense of smaller providers such as Pipex, which saw their market share fall by two per cent in total.

Point Topic's study also uncovered what it perceive as a slow down in the uptake of broadband services, noting that "the market is not growing at anything like the pace which we saw in the past".

Tim Johnson, chief analyst at Point Topic, said: "With lower than expected customer numbers just released by Carphone Warehouse for Q3 it will be interesting to see what the other ISPs report for this quarter."

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