The Office of National Statistics has issued a report revealing that the overall number of connections across the UK continued to decline in Q3 by 0.4 per cent. Figures recorded at the same time last year stood at +1.1 per cent. According to the ONS factors like the current recession and market saturation are to blame.
Within the same report the Office of National Statistics also commented on the mis-match between "advertised" broadband speeds and the speeds actually received by customers: ONS stated: "The proportion of higher speed connections continue to increase. In September 2008, 57.7 per cent of broadband connections had a speed greater than 2Mbps, which is an increase from 55.8 per cent in June 2008. Over the same period, the percentage of connections with a speed of less than or equal to 2Mbps decreased to 42.3 per cent in September 2008, down from 44.2 per cent in June 2008."