UK broadband not 'Super Fast'Despite ISP messaging that "Super Fast" broadband is the standard, just 3 percent of Britons enjoy a connection speed of over 8Mb per second - as many as are connected by "dial-up speed" (less than 128Kbps) - according to (pdf) Nielsen Online, reports MarketingCharts. The connection speed of the majority of online Britons (52 percent) is between 512Kbps and 2Mbps, and one-third are connected at a speed between 2Mbps and 8Mbps: "Aside from how much you're willing to pay, your maximum speed is really dependent on the distance you are from the local phone exchange and the quality of its technology," said Alex Burmaster, internet analyst, Nielsen Online. Below, other findings issued by Nielsen. Speed and Online Behavior Internet users with a faster connection spend more time online: Panelists with the fastest connection (>8Mbps) averaged 22 percent more time online, or 19 hours 40 minutes, than those on the 128Kbps-or-lower speed (16:07). "The idea that having a faster connection speed means you spend less time online, because everything loads more quickly, is a myth. Having a faster speed is like driving a Ferrari compared to an old banger - you want to spend more time using it and going to more places in it," Burmaster commented. Popular Website Categories, Brands Functional areas such as automotive, ticket purchasing, credit cards, and weather dominated the top 10 list of sectors visited by high-speed (>2Mb) internet users: Automotive categories had the highest concentrations of high-speed visitors:
- Parts & accessories (capturing 38 percent of high-speed UK visitors)
- Multi-category auto (38 percent)
- Car manufacturers (37 percent)
- Broadcast media ranked 33rd.
- Videos/movies took the No. 42 position.
- Software manufacturers, which contains media players and file-sharing applications, was 63rd.
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