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The number of people with broadband access has surpassed the 466 million mark, new research has revealed.

Figures from the Broadband Forum revealed that 58 million lines were installed over 2009, meaning there are now more than 466.95 million customers across the globe using such services.

IPTV subscriptions also grew in popularity, with more than 33 million people using such services by the end of 2009, which represented an annual increase of 47 per cent.

Oliver Johnson, Chief Analyst at Point Topic, said growth in the IPTV market during 2010 is likely to be dominated by the Asian market.

He added: "As regulatory hurdles are cleared, many countries in the Asian region should be freed to market to and add more subscribers."

The release of the figures has come after chancellor Alistair Darling confirmed plans to launch a new broadband tax in his Budget speech at the House of Commons yesterday (March 24th).

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