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The number of people with a fixed broadband subscription rose to 635.9 million during the third quarter of 2012, it has been reported.

Figures published by analyst firm Point Topic, in conjunction with the Broadband Forum, point to a two per cent rise in subscriber numbers.

The rate of growth was down slightly on the 2.7 per cent reported in the second quarter of 2012, but similar to the 2.1 per cent seen in quarter one.

Of the 54 million new connections added between Q3 2011 and Q3 2012, 26 million (48 per cent) were fibre-based.

As such, fibre has become the second most common form of fixed broadband connection after ADSL, beating cable into third place.

Copper accounts for 367 million broadband connections around the world, while fibre has 125 million and cable holds 121 million.

Oliver Johnson, Chief Executive of Point Topic, said that as the world gradually emerges from financial turmoil, the continued growth of broadband has been "a steady light in the storm".

"We won't see the triple digit growth of old but many markets are entering a phase of consolidation and consumer multi-service alignment," he stated.

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