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Another 65.49 million fixed broadband lines were added worldwide during the final quarter of 2011, it has been reported.

Research conducted by Point Topic pointed to quarterly growth of 2.6 per cent between October and December last year, as the number of connections increased to 597 million.

Growth was down slightly on the 3.08 per cent rate seen during the third quarter of 2011.

Asia has the most broadband subscribers, with 254.7 million individual connections.

This continent also remains the fastest growth region, with uptake increasing at a rate of 3.19 per cent during Q4 2011.

China has the most number of broadband lines (158.2 million), ahead of the US (91.6 million), Japan (36.7 million) and Germany (28.5 million).

The UK lies in seventh in the chart with 20.7 million, up from 20.4 million in Q3 2011 and 19.6 million in the final quarter of 2010.

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