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The number of UK broadband subscribers has passed the 20 million mark for the first time, it has been reported.

Research published by Ofcom reveals there were 20,266,000 fixed line broadband connections at the end of the second quarter of 2011.

This represented an increase of 346,000 on the first three months of the year, slightly up from the 340,000 added between Q4 2010 and Q1 2011, reports ISPreview.co.uk.

BT increased its share of the market by 0.2 per cent of the market to 28 per cent, as the firm raised its customer base from 5,543,000 to 5,682,000.

The number of customers with other DSL broadband providers – excluding local loop unbundling (LLU) - increased from 2,511,000 to 2,731,000.

But cable broadband provider Virgin Media saw its subscriber base fall slightly from 4,078,000 to 4,065,000 between Q1 and Q2 2011.

The number of households and businesses taking LLU broadband services fell slightly from 7,788,000 to 7,787,000.

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