Broadband dominates 90% of UK internet connections

The Office of National Statistics (ONS) has issued its latest quarterly Internet access report to the end of December 2007. Broadband now accounts for 90.1% of all Internet connections, up by 1.7% from 88.4% in September, 86.1% in June and 83.6% in March 2007.

New Internet connections have also been going up, with a marginal increase of 1.5% seen over the fourth quarter of last year, identical to the previous quarter. Meanwhile Dialup connections have continued their decline as users migrate over to broadband, accounting for 9.9% of all connections, down from 11.6% in September and 13.9% in June 2007.

The report also keeps track of average "ADVERTISED" broadband speeds, which doesn't reflect the true performance received by customers:

As the proportion of slower speed connections has decreased, the proportion of higher speed connections has increased. In December 2007, 51.2 per cent of broadband connections had a speed greater than 2 Mbps, which is an increase from 49 per cent in September 2007 and 37.5 per cent in December 2006.

Over the same period, the percentage of connections with a speed of less than or equal to 2 Mbps decreased to 48.8 per cent in December 2007, down from 51 per cent in September 2007 and 62 per cent in December 2006.

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