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Demand for high speed Net access in Japan and China is on the up accounting for almost half of all new DSL lines in the first six months of the year.

In all, 10.7 million DSL lines were added in the six months to June 30, a growth rate of 30 per cent, with Japan and China accounting for 4.5 million new subscribers between them.

According to researchers at Point Topic there were 46.7 million DSL lines in the world as of June 30.

Japan added more than 2.6 million subscribers, while China notched up more than 1.8 million lines.

The US is still increasing its demand for DSL, accounting for 1.1 million lines in H1, compared to 800,000 lines in H1 2002.

While these countries experienced strong growth, top broadband nation, Korea, is showing signs of reaching saturation. Researchers found that the take-up of DSL lines grew by only 5.8 per cent in H1.

Oh, and the UK managed to get a mention too. DSL growth topped 94 per cent in the first six months for the year - second only to Israel, which registered growth of almost 120 per cent. ®

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