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UK Broadband Connections Continue Growth
By: MarkJ - 20 February, 2007 (1:33 PM)

The Office of National Statistics (ONS) has today published its latest report on UK Internet access statistics (here) to the end of 2006 (Q4). Broadband now accounts for 79.2% of all connections, up from 75.8% in September 2006:

Dial-up connections continued to decline and accounted for 20.8 per cent of all Internet connections in December 2006.

Connection speed

As dial-up subscriptions decrease, there is less interest in measuring the different types of dial-up, and more in broadband. Therefore, with effect from this release, data on metered and unmetered dial-up subscriptions have been discontinued.

These have been replaced by data on broadband connection speeds. The three categories of broadband connection speed used are; less than or equal to 2 megabits per second; greater than 2 megabits per second and less than or equal to 8 megabits per second; and greater than 8 megabits per second.

Some ISPs did not report the connection speeds that they provide and these have been categorised as “speed unknown” in the following table.

The ONS found that 60% of broadband connections operated at a speed of up to 2Mbps, 32.5% were on 2 to 8Mbps and 2% connected at above 8Mbps. 5.4% remained unknown.

Sadly we can't tell whether the ONS has merely collected the advertised speed of a product or not, since end-user experiences can be radically different from the service offered.

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