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Broadband growth 'resilient despite recession'

Wednesday, June 17th 2009 by Cable.co.uk

The global recession has not managed to slow the uptake of broadband across the world, according to new figures.

Broadband continued to grow in popularity during the first quarter of this year despite the economic downturn, new research has shown.

According to the latest figures from the Broadband Forum, there are now almost 430 million high-speed internet connections in use across the globe, with Western Europe accounting for the majority of them.

The number of lines intact in the UK stood at 17.7 million in the first three months of 2009, which was over one million more than the amount recorded at the same point last year.

George Dobrowski, chairman and president of the Broadband Forum, said the figures highlighted how people are continually looking to "improve the quality and speed of their communications".

Recent figures from Ofcom found that one in five adults in the UK without internet access intend to sign up to such services in the next six months or so.

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