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79.2 percent of UK Internet connections via broadband
Wednesday 21 February 2007 13:50:46 by Andrew Ferguson

The Office of National Statistics has published its Internet Connectivity round-up for December 2006.

The latest figures show that 79.2% of Internet connections in the UK are via a broadband service which shows an increase of 3.4% since the last statistics were published for Q3/06. This has risen from 25.5% in Q4/03 to 43.7% and 65.2% each year until 2005.

To reflect the dominance of broadband today the report also looks at the percentage of broadband connections by speed based on data provided by service providers:

Percentage of broadband connections by speed



Up to 2 Mbps

2 to 8 Mbps

Over 8 Mbps


2006 December 60.1% 32.5% 2.0% 5.4%
Mbps = Megabits per second

This data cannot be used to infer that 60% of telephone lines in the UK can only manage 2 Mbps speeds as many broadband service providers have not completed their upgrade programme to rate adaptive up to 8 Mbps products. In terms of BT Wholesale Max products we believe there are between 2 and 3 million lines using the Max (up to 8Mbps) product currently. In a similar vein people on the Virgin Media cable broadband services tend to choose the 2 Mbps and 4 Mbps products as the 10 Mbps service carries a price premium.


Posted by _TRIaXOR_ over 10 years ago
and 79.1% of them capped to hell :p
Posted by chrysalis over 10 years ago
heh do people on adsl max but get below 2mbit synch count as 2 to 8mbps in those figures?
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 10 years ago
As I understand the documentation, they will be counted as 2 to 8Mbps, i.e. the headline speed of the product they were sold.

If people can find similar metrics for other countries comparisons will be interesting.
Posted by eatsme over 10 years ago
They should show all those people who only get 1Mb as well as those that only have 512kb connections
Posted by ColinT over 10 years ago
My problem is Cotgrave exchange, not my RADSL8MB. For the last 3 months it has been running below acceptable standards (there own admission). Why are BTW not accountable for this disgraceful customer service?
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