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DSL Powers Ahead To Reach 107 Million Subscribers

LONDON — The 25 countries of the European Union added 4.18 million DSL subscribers in the first quarter of 2005, reaching a total figure of more than 35.6 million subscribers " a growth of 13.3 per cent.

The momentum means the EU remains the world's leading region for DSL lines, accounting for almost a third, according to the latest figures from market research group Point Topic on behalf of the DSL Forum.

Globally, DSL notched up over 10 million new subscribers during the first quarter of 2005 to reach 107 million, cementing its position as the most popular broadband technology. Point Topic estimates the number will reach 115 million by the end of this month.

In the U.S., DSL increased its share of the broadband business, with 1.37 million subscribers added in the first quarter of 2005 " the second largest subscriber increase worldwide.

The UK added more than 840,000 subscribers in the same period, bringing the total figure to almost five million " one of the best performers in Europe with a growth of 20.3 per cent.

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