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UK broadband connections up to 94 percent

58 percent now on 2Mbs speeds or more

Nearly nineteen out of twenty connections to the Internet are via broadband.

In September 2008, broadband connections accounted for 94.1 percent of all Internet connections, up from 92.8 percent in June 2008. This is according to the latest update from the survey of Internet Service Providers (ISPs).

The figures are released today as part of the Office for National Statistics (ONS) “Internet Connectivity September 2008”. Data showed that broadband connections reached 94.1 percent of all connections (residential and business) up from 92.8 percent in June 2008

Despite continuing increases in broadband connections, an 18.6 percent decrease in dial-up resulted in a 0.4 percent fall in the index of all connections between June and September 2008,

The market share of broadband connections has been increasing since the index began in 2001, reflecting its continuing popularity, widespread availability and increasingly competitive connection packages.

In September 2008, the indices of active connections for dial-up and broadband were 13.6 and 226.9 respectively, when compared with their base of 100 in March 2005.

Broadband connections rose to 94.1 percent of all connections in September 2008, up from 92.8 percent in June 2008. There was a year-on-year increase in the index of broadband connections of 7.6 percent, with a quarterly increase of 1 percent.

Dial-up connections continued to decrease, with a year on year fall in the index of 49.6 percent to September 2008. The quarterly decrease, from June 2008 to September 2008, was 18.6 percent.

The proportion of higher-speed connections continues to increase. In September 2008, 57.7 percent of broadband connections had a speed greater than 2Mbps, which is an increase from 55.8 percent 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 percent in September 2008, down from 44.2 percent in June 2008.

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