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Broadband's latest milestone

High-speed takeup hits three-million mark

The number of broadband connections in the UK has reached three million, according to figures from telco regulator Ofcom. More than 40,000 households and business are signing up to high-speed connections every week.

This growth in can in part be attributed to BT's recent rollout of high-speed internet services. In the middle of November the telco added 2,300 exchanges to its upgrade list, making broadband available to 90 percent of the UK.

But Ofcom's statistics are based on connections of speeds of between 128Kbps (kilobits per second) and 2Mbps (megabits per second), and many believe 128Kbps is too slow to be classed as broadband.

Even telco watchdog Oftel has in the past used conflicting definitions for broadband in its reports, and the Consumers Association has been pushing for some time to establish a universal classification for broadband to avoid this confusion.

Under its current, all-encompassing speed range, however, one in five homes is now classed as having broadband internet access, which means takeup figures have more than doubled since this time last year.

A full copy of Ofcom's report can be viewed here.


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