We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
80,259 News Articles

Are we really a Broadband Britain?

Permanent connections continue to rise

Broadband takeup rates showed no signs of slowing during March, while dialup connections recorded a considerable fall, according to the latest ISP survey by the Office of National Statistics.

The year-on-year decline to March 03 was 6.7 percent for dialup connections, a decrease of 0.8 percent on February, with 35 percent of those now opting for fixed-rate unmetered access.

Annual growth for permanent (broadband) connections was a whopping 238.2 percent, which the ONS puts down to the fall in price and continuing publicity for such services as witnessed by the recent spate of signup offers.

But despite this growing demand, permanent connections still only make up around 13 percent of the total online subscriptions for March.

The business sector is faring rather better, however, with 35 percent of SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) now using broadband technologies according to figures released last week by telco watchdog Oftel.

In addition, a third (34 percent) of those businesses currently using a dialup connection said they were intending to upgrade to broadband in the near future.

IDG UK Sites

6 best gaming PCs 2015: What's the best gaming PC you can buy in the UK?

IDG UK Sites

Three of the most expensive Limited Edition games ever made: Who's buying a $1,000,000 game?

IDG UK Sites

The future of Microsoft Surface: What to expect from the Surface Pro 4

IDG UK Sites

Best Mac: Apple Mac buyers guide for 2015: iMac, MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mac mini and...