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The number of home and business broadband connections in the UK has passed 24 million, according to the latest figures from industry regulator Ofcom.

Its analysis shows that almost a million more connections have been made over the past year to take the total to 24,007,000 by the end of Q1 2015 - a 4.3% rise over the 12-month period.

The number of connections has also increased by 277,000 over the last quarter, with the Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) scheme playing a major role in supplying superfast broadband to premises across the country.

Demand is forecast to increase further in the coming years, with BT's ongoing roll-out of new services under BDUK supplemented by Virgin Media's expanding footprint, which will see it supply fibre to an additional four million premises by 2020.

As homes and business alike increase their thirst for data and need for faster connections, traditional copper-based broadband lines are also decreasing in number, falling from 15.89 million connections in Q1 2014 to 15.2 million in Q1 2015 as the mass migration to fibre continues.

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