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A new study has found that the global take-up of broadband is continuing to rise.

Research by the Broadband Forum based on figures from Point Topic found that the number of global broadband lines increased by 12.9 million during the second quarter of 2009, reaching a total of 445 million.

The UK came sixth in the international top ten of broadband-enabled countries with over 17.8 million subscriptions.

George Dobrowski, chairman and president of the Broadband Forum, said the figures clearly show how broadband expansion "continues across the world".

He added: "This year has shown that broadband expansion is not limited to the top industrialised countries, but is a key factor in assisting developing nations to gain a foothold in today's tough market."

Recent data in the Ofcom Telecommunications Market Data Tables showed that the number of broadband connections in the UK increased by 1.6 per cent at the end of the first quarter of 2009 compared to the previous three month period.

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