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It has been suggested by experts that the current economic crisis is having an adverse effect on the growth of fixed-line broadband in the UK.

New research from Point Topic has shown that the number of broadband lines added in the last quarter has dropped by 20 per cent.

The figures suggest the number of new lines for the second half of the year will be below the 800,000 forecasted by the market analyst.

Speaking to vnunet, which has linked the figures to the ongoing financial crisis, Tim Johnson, chief analyst at Point Topic, said: "We are now forecasting that only 620,000 broadband lines will be added in the second half of 2008."

While Point Topic predicted that 16.71 million Brits would have broadband access by the end of the second quarter of 2008, figures from the Office of National Statistics show that in fact only 16.46 million people had dial-up or broadband access.

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