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Growth in the number of fixed broadband lines worldwide slowed to 2.1 per cent during the second quarter of 2012, it has been reported.

According to analyst firm Point Topic, there were 624.1 million lines at the end of June 2012, with Asia remaining the biggest region (273 million connections).

The growth rate was down on the 2.7 per cent recorded during the first quarter of the year, although the penetration of fibre lines did increase from 17.1 per cent to 17.6 per cent.

Some 2.8 per cent of fixed-line connections were full fibre at the end of Q2 2012, Point Topic revealed.

In terms of individual nations, China - the world's most populous country - had the highest number of connections (167.0 million), followed by the US (94.0 million) and Japan (37.2 million).

Germany (29.6 million), Russia (22.8 million) and France (22.6 million) were next in the chart, with the UK occupying seventh place with 21.3 million fixed broadband connections.

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