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The number of broadband users in the EU increased by more than 18 per cent last year.

According to a new study conducted by market research firm InfoCom, there were 122 million broadband connections in the EU at the end of 2008.

The organisation's Broadband Monitoring Service report revealed that broadband speeds and broadband prices have also improved.

Uptake of 2008 mobile broadband increased by more than ten per cent last year, with the subscription base almost doubling from 6.5 million to 12.6 million.

Comparatively, fibre optic connections only represented two per cent of the entire broadband market.

InfoCom also predicted that the broadband market will continue to expand over the next five years.

It suggested that this will be driven by demand in rural areas and the popularity of mobile broadband.

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