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A third of UK homes will have Broadband by 2005

According to the latest report from Telecom Market's broadband subscriber database, a third of UK homes will be plugged into broadband Internet access by the end of next year, reports Digital Bulletin.

Currently, there are over 5 million broadband subscribers in the UK, and, according to industry forecasts, there will be well more than 8m by the end of 2005.

"With some 50,000 new subscribers joining every week, the 5m barrier was breached in mid-September," Gareth Willmer, analyst for the database, said.

It is expected that over the next few years will be boosted by falling prices, caused by an increase in competition in the market.

Of the 3m DSL subscribers in the UK, 40 per cent subscribe to BT directly. The majority of households subscribe to ISPs who buy their services wholesale from BT.

Unbundling, which involves providers installing their own equipment in BT exchanges to avoid having to pay BT for each customer, has yet to catch on in the UK.

Sources: Digital Bulletin

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