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The UK gained another 179,000 fixed-line broadband connections during the second quarter of 2014, Ofcom has revealed.

Latest figures published by the communications regulator revealed there were 23.219 million lines at the end of the April to June period.

This was up from 23.040 million lines at the end of Q1 2014 and 22.345 million 12 months earlier, as broadband remains on a growth curve.

Of the Q2 2014 total, 15.721 million lines were reliant on copper-based ADSL technology, down from 15.886 million.

The number of cable broadband connections - delivered over Virgin Media's network - held steady at 4.435 million.

According to Ofcom, the main area of growth was fibre broadband, which increased from 2.719 million to 3.063 million.

BT's retail share of the fixed-line broadband market increased from 31.6 per cent to 32.0 per cent.

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