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The rate of broadband take-up across the globe slowed during the last quarter of 2007, new data has revealed.

According to figures from Point Topic 4.72 per cent more broadband subscribers were added during the period.

This represents a significant downturn from the 5.16 per cent increase noted in the second quarter of last year.

A statement from the firm said: "There was a general decrease in the uptake rate of new broadband subscribers across the globe, with North America being the only region to see an increased uptake over the previous quarter, albeit only a marginal difference of 0.15 per cent (3.29 per cent)"

The Western European market added some 3.5 million new customers during the period - the second highest number across the territories surveyed.

However, the highest number was added by south and east Asia, where 3.9 million new subscribers signed up for broadband - some 90 per cent of whom were in China.

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