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Cable broadband continues to grow in popularity, according to new research from Analysys Mason.

ADSL accounted for almost 60 per cent of all fixed-line broadband connections across the 30 OECD nations at the end of last year.

Products experiencing increased demand include residential fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) services, which saw net additions of almost ten million in 2008.

Senior Analyst Martin Scott said that cable internet providers are in a good position to attract new customers by offering cheap broadband bundles.

"Cable operators frequently have larger content portfolios and longer-standing relationships with rights holders," he explained.

"Because at the core of their service bundles they have TV, spend on which seems to be relatively protected in the recession, cable operators are likely to be best positioned to maintain their share of net additions in 2009."

Broadband research firm Point Topic recently revised its five-year forecast for the fixed-line sector and predicted that there will be 695 million cable broadband connections across the globe by 2013.

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