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The number of fixed-line broadband connections in the UK continued to rise during the first quarter of the year, it has been revealed.

Latest figures from Ofcom show there were 22.808 million residential and small business broadband connections at the end of March this year.

This was up from 22.577 million at the end of December 2013, meaning the UK gained 231,000 lines during the first three months of the year.

On a year-on-year basis, the number of fixed broadband connections increased by nearly one million.

In Q1 2013, Ofcom reported a total of 21,890 home and business broadband deals, showing that the market is yet to reach saturation point in the UK.

The number of cable broadband connections - provided by Virgin Media - increased slightly during Q1 2014, from 4.394 million to 4.435 million.

And Ofcom reported 2.719 million super-fast fibre broadband subscribers, up from 2.362 million three months earlier.

With 357,000 additions during the first quarter of the year, fibre continued to be the main growth area for the UK broadband industry.

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