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When it comes to broadband, the UK is being leapfrogged by nations such as Brazil, according to the latest research from London-based Point Topic.

Its latest analysis of the global DSL marketplace found that at the end of June 2001 there were more than 10 million DSL lines offering broadband access - an increase of 354 per cent on the same period last year.

What's more, some nations are steaming ahead with the deployment of their broadband services. The report acknowledges that growth rates in North America are slowing, while growth rates, in Europe, Asia Pacific and South America remain strong.

Said John Bosnell, editor of Point-Topic's DSL Worldwide Directory: "Twelve months ago, countries like Japan or Brazil hardly registered in the DSL totals.

"But now these markets are starting to mature. For example, in the last six months, Brazil has overtaken the UK in terms of DSL subscribers.

"In the same six month period, the number of DSL subscribers in Japan increased by 2,900 per cent," he said.

Zeroing in on the leading DSL operators in the world, the research found that US and Korean outfits continued to lead its world-wide league tables.

In Europe, it found that Deutsche Telekom was the largest DSL provider, well ahead of Telecom Italia and France Telecom. Spain's Telefonica ranks 16th, with the UK's BT coming in at a lowly 24th. Oh well. ®

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