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Global broadband revenues will continue to rise during 2012, according to one analyst firm.

ABI Research expects total industry revenues to reach $191 billion (£121.4 billion) this year, and grow to $217 billion by 2016.

The firm said that strong growth in both subscription and service revenue propelled the global fixed broadband market last year, with "significant" subscriber additions across DSL, cable, and optical fibre.

ABI added that broadband providers are upgrading existing networks to meet rising bandwidth demand, with some DSL operators going so far as to completely replace existing copper lines with pure optical fibre.

Khin Sandi Lynn, research analyst for broadband at ABI, said fibre in particular has grown rapidly in the past few years - as seen in the UK with the expansion of BT and Virgin Media's next-generation networks.

"Consumers are becoming increasingly reliant on a number of data-intensive services such as high-definition online video services, IPTV, and online gaming," he added.

Research published by Point Topic in January 2012 indicated that there are now almost 600 million fixed broadband customers worldwide.

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