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The number of fixed broadband subscribers worldwide continued to increase in the first quarter of the year, it has been reported.

Research conducted by Point Topic reveals a two per cent increase to 654.6 million customers during Q1 2013.

The number of fixed-line subscribers rose by 12.5 million to 643.7 million between January and March, the analyst said.

Point Topic reported that the rollout of super-fast fibre-optic broadband is supporting continued growth in the market.

The firm said the growth of fibre technologies accelerated within the quarter to 9.8 per cent for both fibre-to-the-premises and fibre-to-the-cabinet connections.

At the same time, the number of copper-based broadband lines fell by 2.77 million worldwide.

This was down from the 415,000 DSL, ADSL and ADSL2+ lines lost during the final three months of Q4.

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