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Broadband boom sees connections hit 4m mark

Broadband boom sees connections hit 4m mark

With four million connections in place and around 40,000 new ones being made each week, it seems that consumers are finally giving broadband their vote of confidence, according to Ofcom.

At the end of April, of the four million or so broadband connections in the UK, DSL made up 2.45m while cable accounted for 1.54m.

The latest statistics from the telecoms regulator reveal that over half of UK homes have Internet access and a quarter of these have broadband.

That represents around 15 per cent of UK homes using a high-speed connection, either via the phone line, cable or wireless.

Ofcom's market research also shows that the decline in the use of narrowband services has continued as consumers switch to broadband. Two thirds of adults connect to the Internet at home using narrowband, down from three quarters in November 2003.

However, there is still some way to go to reach the government goal of being the most extensive and competitive broadband market among the G7 countries by 2005 however.

By the government's own figures, the UK ranks third in the world in terms of coverage and competitiveness, and joint sixth with Italy in terms of take-up, the Ofcom report said.

Sources: BBC Online, The Register


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