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China added 34 million fixed broadband subscribers in the six months to 31 March 2016, taking the total to more than 0.25 billion, according to the latest figures from research firm, Point Topic.

Point Topic said that China Mobile's recent expansion of fixed broadband operations had been the key cause of the significant increase in the country's customer base.

'The world's largest mobile provider has become the new key broadband market player alongside China Telecom and China Unicom,' It said.

'The growth in China's fixed broadband market had a visible impact globally. As a result, the total fixed broadband customer base around the world has grown by more than eight percent in nine months to the end of March 2016. This compares to less than four percent in the previous nine months.'

Also, Point Topic said that global FTTH connections nearly doubled between Q1 2015 and Q1 2016 while the number of copper lines fell by 16 percent. This trend was also to a large extent caused by the scale of FTTH deployment and take up in China. Across the country, the number of homes passed by FTTH networks increased by 74.3 percent year-on-year to 446 million in 2015.

'China alone has contributed to the FTTH growth dramatically, more than doubling FTTH connections in the last 12 months. Vietnam, Spain, New Zealand, France and Switzerland all saw FTTH quarterly growth in double figures,' it said

Point Topic's figures for China, however came with a caveat: 'Our current figures for China are based on the data provided by the country's main broadband market players. This data however contradicts some of the figures reported by the Chinese regulator, so we had to make a judgment call. As a result, we may have to review some of the figures next quarter.'