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The number of broadband users taking advantage of the higher speeds offered by fibre-to-the-exchange (FTTx) technology is getting close to the 50 million mark.

Informa Telecoms & Media made the revelation as part of its latest study into worldwide broadband use, published yesterday (Thursday, March 19th).

The research recorded that there were 422 million fixed-line broadband subscriptions around the world at the end of 2008.

It was found that 65 per cent of these connections were using DSL technology, with 11 per cent supplied by FTTx.

The unspectacular progress of IPTV was also highlighted, with 19.96 million users being counted around the world.

"It is a fair observation that IPTV has not made the sort of inroads into broadband homes which operators might have expected, but it is wrong to declare that the concept is doomed to fail," concluded Informa Telecoms & Media principal, Julian Herbert.

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