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The number of people using broadband services worldwide rose during the first quarter of this year, new figures have highlighted.

According to research by the Broadband Forum, there are now 484 million broadband subscriber lines in use across the globe, which represents a 3.12 per cent growth from the previous three months.

The number of consumers making use of IPTV services also grew over the same period to 36.3 million.

Robin Mersh, Chief Operating Officer of the organisation, said: "It is great to see how strong broadband continues to grow on a global basis and now backed by some major national government initiatives - we expect this to accelerate even more in the coming years."

The release of the study has come after Chris Holden, President of the Fibre to the Home Council, told V3.co.uk that the UK is risking falling behind other countries when it comes to broadband coverage.

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