UK broadband use reaches new high

Almost nine out of 10 UK net users are connecting via broadband services, official figures reveal. Information gathered by National Statistics (ONS) for September show that 88.4 per cent of Britons are choosing to use broadband rather than dial-up. The statistics show that 49.2 per cent of those connections are for services advertised at two megabits per second or faster.

But analysis of the figures suggest the broadband market is static, which could mean tough times for service suppliers. The figure for September is only slightly up on the June total of 86.2 per cent, but indicates a 26 per cent rise over the last 12 months. The statistics show that broadband has enjoyed a meteoric rise in popularity among net users since services started to be available and affordable.

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