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The number of fixed broadband lines worldwide passed the 500 million mark during 2010, a new report has indicated.

Research conducted by Infonetics Research revealed that half a billion premises were equipped with wireline broadband at the end of last year.

A number of broadband technologies were included in this category, including DSL, cable, Ethernet and Fibre-to-the-Home.

In addition, the number of WiMAX subscribers increased by 75 per cent during the 12-month period, reaching a total of 126 million users.

Stephane Teral, principal analyst at Infonetics Research, commented that fixed-line broadband has not yet reached saturation point.

He said that despite the growing popularity of mobile broadband services, the number of fixed internet connections will continue to increase.

"Fixed-line services are not dead, especially with China giving a boost to the worldwide wireline broadband base with its massive fibre-based program, which has set a 20Mb benchmark for all broadband subscribers," he stated.

As of June 2010, there were reported to be 51,442,100 internet users in the UK, according to the International Telecommunication Union.

This figure amounted to 82.5 per cent of the population in Britain.

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