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The UK is home to 24.17 million fixed line residential and small business broadband ISP connections, new figures have found.

Research gathered by telecoms regulator Ofcom found the number represented an increase of around 167,000 since the opening quarter of the year, but a 277,000 reduction on the fourth quarter of 2014.

The watchdog's Telecoms Market Data update suggests there has been a shift among broadband subscribers away from traditional copper line ADSL / ADSL2+, towards faster “fibre broadband” (FTTC/P/x) services, many of which are available on BTOpenreach’s with cable connections via Virgin Media.

As a result of it benefitting the most from faster FTTC/P services and its links with the government's Broadband Delivery UK programme, BT's consumer division was found to have secured a larger share of the market than the previous quarter, standing at 32.3%

The rise in fixed line broadband has coincided with an increase in fixed phone services, which rose to 33.6 million, up by 209,000 (0.6%) compared to the previous year.

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