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Broadband is continuing to grow on a global scale, according to newly-released figures.

High-tech market research firm In-Stat has reported that 80 million new broadband subscribers have signed up for high-speed internet services over the past 12 months.

In-Stat also looked at broadband access technologies and found that digital subscriber line (DSL) connections still made up the largest share of the global market with 55 per cent.

In-Stat analyst Mike Paxton commented: "The increasing popularity of online applications such as downloading music files, watching TV programming, and playing online video games, are driving demand for 'fatter pipes' that provide ever-increasing amounts of bandwidth."

Figures from In-Stat produced last month show that there are now 452 million broadband subscribers worldwide, with estimates from the firm predicting a rise to 876 million users globally by the year 2012.

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