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The need for speed

UK opts for broadband

British internet users are upgrading their slow dialup connections to broadband in droves, with one million people expected to upgrade to high-speed internet access within the next year.

These are the findings of a consumer report published today by teleco watchdog Oftel. A massive 750,000 new internet connections (both broadband and dialup) have been set up over the past three months.

Broadband prices in the UK are below the European average, with availability better than in any other European country surveyed, while costs for dialup services are now cheaper than in any other European country.

"Growth in internet access, coupled with some of the lowest prices in Europe, is excellent news," said David Edmonds, director of telecommunications at Oftel. "We have a growth rate stronger than both France and Germany. Our research shows that 90 percent of internet users are happy with their overall service."

Around 80 percent of the UK is now within reach of an ADSL broadband exchange, while cable companies provide broadband connections to around 40 percent of the country.

Twelve and a half million UK households now have internet access.

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