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The number of homes across Europe which have access to broadband connections has risen, according to new figures.

Research by Eurostat, the Statistical Office of the European Communities, found that 65 per cent of households subscribed to internet services during the first quarter of 2009, which is a small rise from the figure of 60 per cent recorded 12 months earlier.

Almost eight out of ten homes in the UK are believed to have internet access, although it does place the country behind the likes of the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Sweden and Denmark in terms of provision.

However, the UK led the way in terms of the number of people who have shopped online in the past 12 months, as 66 per cent of individuals aged between 16 and 74 have used such services.

Last month, a study by the GSM Association found that the rate of mobile broadband growth across the globe has increased by nearly two-thirds in the past 12 months.

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