The number of people using broadband throughout the world has grown to nearly 644 million.
Figures released by Point Topic and the Broadband Forum found that 643,770,042 had access to broadband in the final quarter of 2012, an increase of nearly eight million on the third quarter.
In 2012 as a whole there were 50 million new broadband users, representing annual growth of 8.6 per cent.
This has been driven by a surge in the number of people subscribing to super-fast services.
The number of broadband users in the UK grew by just over five per cent in 2012, with around an extra one million people going online.
China experienced one of the biggest increases, with roughly 24 million individuals gaining broadband access, accounting for annual growth of 15.11 per cent.
There was also significant growth in Brazil, Russia and India, which suggests that broadband is becoming increasingly important to newly emerging economies.