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Broadband provider Orange has received a blow with news that its subscriber numbers are continuing to fall.

According to figures from the firm, some 44,000 subscribers have been lost in the past six months, meaning Orange's ADSL customer base now stands at 1.06 million.

The statistics compare to those for the three-month period at the end of 2007, which recorded 4,000 Orange broadband customers jumping ship.

Addressing the news in its report, Orange said: "The business environment is marked by the drop in narrowband internet and portals and, more recently, by the levelling off of the ADSL broadband customer base," reports PC Pro.

It is thought that the number of customers now enjoying mobile broadband could have been a contributing factor to the falling number of fixed line subscribers, as well as the emergence of mobile internet on handsets.

The other five major ISPs - BT, Virgin, Tiscali, BSkyB and Carphone Warehouse - continued to see a degree of growth. However, analysts predict the market for home connections is heading towards saturation.

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