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Demand for broadband is increasing at a faster pace than first thought, new figures have suggested.

Research by Point Topic has revealed that the total number of broadband lines is now expected to reach 25.1 million by the end of 2014, which is roughly a million more than previously estimated.

Interest in fibre-optic broadband services is also expected to rise significantly, in a manner similar to what happened with BT's DSL services in the mid-2000s.

Tim Johnson, Chief Analyst at Point Topic, said: "People with dial-up internet access converted to broadband in their millions in the boom years.

"We forecast that super-fast broadband will do the same around the middle of this coming decade."

The Internet Service Providers' Association recently called on the government to rethink how next-generation broadband services are defined.

According to the body, the technology should be rated on both speed and the quality of services delivered through the networks.

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