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here were 714 million fixed-line broadband subscriptions worldwide at the end of 2014, Point Topic has revealed.

The analyst reported 1.1 per cent growth between October and December from 706 million at the end of Q3 2014.

The US recorded the most new broadband subscribers during Q4 2014, followed by China, Russia, the Philippines, the UK, Brazil and France.

Point Topic noted that the 1.1 per cent growth rate was down slightly on 1.2 per cent during the previous quarter and 1.4 per cent in Q2 2014.

The analyst's latest report indicates that more consumers and businesses around the world are adopting fibre-optic broadband.

A 58.7 per cent rise in the number of full-fibre connections was witnessed between Q4 2013 and Q4 2014, along with an 18.3 per cent increase in hybrid-fibre lines.

At the same time, the number of traditional copper lines decreased by 9.0 per cent; a sign that many customers are upgrading to super-fast broadband.

Wireless broadband connections increased by 15.6 per cent, while there was an 11.0 per cent rise in satellite lines and 6.4 per cent boost for cable technology.

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