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18.31 Million UK Households Have Internet Access in 2009

Posted: 28th Aug, 2009 By: MarkJ
The UK Office for National Statistics (ONS) has issued its 2009 'Internet Access Households and Individuals' (.PDF format) report, which reveals that 18.31m UK households now have Internet access (70% of all households - an increase of 1.85m households since 2008).

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The proportion of Internet equipped households with broadband also increased from 69% in 2006 to 90% in 2009, though this drops to 63% (up from 56% in 2008) when measuring against all households (with and without Internet access). The proportion of households able to access the Internet varied between UK regions, with London being the highest at 80% and Scotland the lowest on 62%.

37.4m adults (76% of the UK adult population) accessed the Internet in the 3 months prior to survey. This was an increase of 10.3% (3.5 million adults) from 2008. Subsequently, the number of adults who had never accessed the Internet fell to 10.2m (21%) in 2009. Men were 8% points more likely to have accessed the Internet in the last three months than women (80% v 72%).

In 2009, the proportion of adults who were recent Internet users - who accessed the Internet every day or almost every day - was 73% (27.3m adults). The 16-24 age group accessed the Internet the most, with 86% using it every day or almost every day. The 65+ age group used it the least, with 52% using it every day or almost every day.

The most popular activity of recent Internet users was sending and receiving emails, at 90%; social networking followed with 40% (up from 20% in 2008). In addition 42% of recent Internet users listened to web radio or watched web television (up from 34% in 2008). Internet telephone services were also popular with 21% communicating over this medium.

Finally in 2007 just under 700,000 people accessed the Internet via a Wi-Fi Hotspot (2% of recent Internet users), which rose to almost 2.5m (6% of recent users) in 2009.
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