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There will be two billion internet users worldwide by the end of 2010, according to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

The organisation notes that broadband technology has soared in popularity over the last five years, with twice as many people now online globally compared to 2005.

ITU also reported that the number of home internet subscribers has risen from 1.4 billion to 1.6 billion since 2009.

Some 162 million of the 226 million new users in 2010 will be from developing countries where broadband saturation rates are currently lower, the union predicted.

Sami Al Basheer, Director of ITU, suggested that there is still plenty of potential for new broadband connections around the world.

He said that those countries which have been innovative in embracing mobile technology "will be able to draw even greater benefits from broadband once adequate and affordable access is available".

Earlier this year, analyst firm Point Topic reported that there are half a billion fixed broadband connections around the world.

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