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The number of fixed-line broadband connections increased by another 192,000 during the third quarter of 2014, it has been revealed.

Ofcom's latest Telecoms Market Data Tables show there were 23.411 million active lines to households and small businesses - excluding corporate lines - at the end of September.

The growth rate was up on Q2 2014, when 179,000 fixed-line connections were added to UK broadband networks.

Of the 23.411 million connections, 15.557 million were reliant on copper-based ADSL broadband technology, down from 15.730 million in the previous quarter.

The number of cable connections on Virgin Media's network increased slightly from 4.435 million to 4.484 million, but the biggest growth was seen in fibre broadband.

The number of super-fast fibre lines increased by 317,000 between July and September 2014, from 3.053 million to 3.370 million.

BT's retail share of the broadband market decreased slightly during Q3 2014.

It fell from 32.0 per cent to 31.9 per cent, as other providers such as Sky and TalkTalk gained new customers.

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