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The UK's love of broadband does not seem to be wavering, a new study has indicated.

According to research conducted by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the UK had 17,275,660 million broadband subscribers in December 2008.

This is the fourth largest number of subscribers out of all the countries surveyed by the OECD, behind only the US, which is the largest with 80 million users, Japan and Germany.

The strongest growth per-capita was recorded in the US, Germany, New Zealand, France, Greece, Norway and the Slovak Republic, with each country adding three subscribers per 100 residents over the course of last year.

In total, broadband subscriptions increased by 13 per cent during 2008 in the 30 countries analysed by the OECD.

As such, the number of people who use a broadband connection to access the internet reached 267 million in December last year - the equivalent of almost 23 subscribers per 100 inhabitants.

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