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UK - 9 out of 10 Connections Now Broadband
By: MarkJ - 24 August, 2007 (9:22 AM)

The Office of National Statistics (ONS) has released its latest quarterly UK Internet Connectivity report to the end of June 2007, with broadband now accounting for 86.1% of all connections, up from 83.6% in March 2007.

Overall Internet connections increased marginally by 1.3% over the same period, with dialup accounting for most of the broadband growth via migration, declining to 13.9% of all connections from 16.4% in March.

The report also keeps track of average "ADVERTISED" broadband speed, which doesn't reflect the actual performance received by customers:

As the proportion of slower speed connections has decreased, the proportion of higher speed connections has increased. In June 2007, 47.2 per cent of connections had a speed greater than 2 Mbps, which is an increase from 43.1 per cent in March 2007 and 37.4 per cent in December 2006. Over the same period, the percentage of connections with a speed of less than or equal to 2 Mbps decreased to 52.8 per cent in June 2007, down from 56.8 per cent in March 2007 and 62.1 per cent in December 2006.

Though largely unhelpful this does at least tell us that more and more people have been upgrading to services advertising faster speeds, which isn't surprising.


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