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The number of fixed broadband connections in the UK rose to 20.44 million in the final three months of 2011, it has been reported.

Latest figures published by Ofcom pointed to a near-400,000 rise from the 20.05 million connections in existence in Q3 2011, reports ISPreview.co.uk.

Of the total reported by the media regulator in the three months to December, 7.97 million lines were non-LLU ADSL broadband.

A further 7.95 LLU ADSL broadband lines were recorded, along with 4.12 cable broadband connections.

Ofcom said there were also 412,000 fibre-optic connections in the UK at the end of Q4 2011, suggesting demand for super-fast broadband is continuing to rise.

According to ABI Research, there were an estimated 586.7 million fixed-line broadband services around the globe at the end of March 2012. 

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