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The global broadband subscriber base continued to expand during the first quarter of 2011, it has been reported.

Latest figures released by Point Topic reveal there were 540.69 million fixed-line broadband connections worldwide at the end of March.

This represented a 2.7 per cent increase over the three-month period, the analyst firm reported.

Some 63.2 per cent of fixed-broadband connections are reliant upon ADSL technology, down from 63.4 per cent in Q4 2010.

Cable broadband providers – such as Virgin Media in the UK – accounted for a 20.0 per cent share of the market, down from 20.3 per cent.

And unsurprisingly, the proportion of fibre broadband connections continued to rise, as broadband providers roll the technology out across the world.

Some 13.8 per cent of connections were fibre-delivered at the end of December 2010, but this figure had increased to 14.1 per cent by the end of Q1.

In the UK, BT is currently investing £2.5 billion upgrading its telecoms infrastructure to support fibre broadband services.

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