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The number of broadband subscribers around the world increased by 1.8 per cent in the third quarter of the year, it has been reported.

According to Point Topic, this figure reached 670 million in September 2013, as more businesses and consumers signed up for broadband deals.

The growth rate accelerated during Q3 2013, after the number of broadband lines rose by just 0.7 per cent in the second quarter of the year,

Meanwhile, Point Topic revealed the UK saw a significant increase in the number of fibre broadband customers during Q3 2013.

Britain's 132.1 per cent growth rate was the highest recorded by Point Topic in its global study, with the UK eclipsing the 129.5 per cent rise seen in the Netherlands and the 96.7 per cent increase in Qatar.

In terms of fibre-to-the-premises connections - which see fibre deployed between the street cabinet and the end-user's property - the UK witnessed a 13.6 per cent increase in the third quarter.

The year-on-year the growth rate was 70 per cent, suggesting more UK homes and businesses are upgrading to ultra-fast broadband packages.

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