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There will be at least 720 million fixed broadband connections worldwide by 2015, a new report has predicted.

Consultancy firm Analysys Mason has forecast a continued increase in broadband adoption over the next five years, with the total number of lines rising from 500 million in 2010.

The firm expects fixed lines to account for 62 per cent of the 1.16 billion broadband connections worldwide by 2015.

Martin Scott, Senior Analyst at Analysys Mason and author of the report, said that while developed regions will continue to account for the majority of fixed broadband retail revenue, the majority of growth over the next half-decade will be in emerging nations.

"Emerging regions will generate 28.5 per cent of worldwide fixed broadband retail revenue by 2015, up from 17.2 per cent in 2009," he stated.

"Developed markets accounted for 67 per cent of fixed broadband connections at the end of 2009. This will fall to 54 per cent by the end of 2015."

Back in June, the Broadband Forum reported the existence of 484 million broadband lines at the end of Q1 2010.

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