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Average global prices for broadband services saw a slight increase in late 2007, a new report suggests.

The Point Topic study involved evaluation of all major telecoms providers' average prices for DSL, cable and fibre-optic services and found that costs of both DSL and cable products rose slightly.

However, the publication attributes much of the increase to the pricing policies of individual providers.

Austria Telekom, for example, raised the cost of its services after improving average speeds, which made it the fourth most expensive broadband provider in Europe and took the average monthly cost of DSL services to $24.54 (£12.24), an increase of 11 cents.

UK telecoms supplier BT was found to be the fifth most costly supplier.

Point Topic has also recently predicted worldwide growth in the mobile broadband market, with many suppliers looking to capitalise on the growing interest in such products.

The analyst identifies a number of consumer groups that are particularly interested in mobile broadband services, with business users, young technology lovers and older "light and easy" customers all highlighted.

By tailoring products to the needs of individual consumers, the company predicts that mobile broadband providers will be able to better establish themselves in the market.

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