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The UK broadband market is performing better than one industry analyst predicted.

According to Point Topic, there are now 16,735,000 broadband subscribers in the UK - this represents 1.3 per cent or 225,000 more than the analyst's own forecast.

What makes the figures even more impressive is that Point Topic had not taken the current economic conditions into account when making the prediction.

It was found that broadband providers are having a tough time winning over the 9.6 million UK households still lacking a broadband service.

But in the face of the statistics, Point Topic's chief analyst Tim Johnson said that suppliers who had seen their subscriber numbers decrease had nobody else to blame but themselves.

"It is understandable that an ISP's chief executive should blame his shrinking broadband numbers on the economy rather than lack of foresight or declining market share," said Johnson.

He concluded: "But it gives a misleading impression of how well the broadband business is doing."

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