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Broadband Dominates 91.6% of UK Internet Connections

Posted: 21st May, 2008 By: MarkJ
The Office of National Statistics (ONS) has issued its latest quarterly Internet access report to the end of March 2008. Broadband now accounts for 91.6% of all Internet connections, up from 90% in December 2007, 88.3% in September 2007, 86.1% in June 2007 and 83.6% in March 2007.

New Internet connections have also been going up, albeit at a drastically reduced pace of 0.3% during Q1-2008, which compares with 1.4% for Q4-2007. This marks the slowest single quarterly growth since Q2-2005, when an increase of just 0.1% was recorded. Perhaps further sign that the market is truly beginning to stagnate.

ISPreview's ONS Q1-2008 Internet Access Growth Statistics

Meanwhile Dialup connections have continued their decline as users migrate over to broadband, accounting for 8.4% of all connections, down from 10% in Q4-2007 (quarterly decrease of 15%).

The report also keeps track of average "ADVERTISED" broadband speeds, which do not reflect the true performance received by customers:

As the proportion of slower speed connections has decreased, the proportion of higher speed connections has increased. In March 2008, 56.9 per cent of broadband connections had a speed greater than 2 Mbps, which is an increase from 51.2 per cent in December 2007 and 37.5 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 43.1 per cent in March 2008, down from 48.7 per cent in December 2007 and 62 per cent in December 2006.

It's noted that some of the previous quarter’s broadband and dialup statistics have had to be adjusted due to misreporting and late responses by some ISPs.
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