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The number of global broadband subscribers continued to increase during the second quarter of 2011, according to a new report.

Research conducted by Point Topic reveals there were 543.19 million broadband customers around the world at the end of June, reports

This represented a 2.69 per cent increase on the first quarter of the year, slightly down on the Q1 growth rate of 2.9 per cent.

However, the year-on-year growth rate remained in double figures, with subscriber numbers up 12 per cent on June 2010.

The highest number of broadband subscribers were found to be in China, followed by the US, Japan, Germany, France and the UK.

DSL broadband accounted for a 62.67 per cent share of the market, down from 63.18 per cent, with cable broadband accounting for 19.87 per cent, down from 20 per cent.

Fibre broadband took a 14.74 per cent share in Q2 2011, up from 14.10 per cent at the end of the first quarter.

As fibre coverage continues to increase worldwide, this share of the global broadband market should continue to rise.

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