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What does the UK do with their Internet connections?
Thursday 06 September 2007 12:02:26 by Andrew Ferguson

Back in the dark days of 1999/2000 when UK broadband was just emerging from the labs, who would have thought that in 2007 84% of UK households with Internet access were using a broadband connection of one form or another. The National Statistics website has published its Internet Access 2007 research. The full 15 page document can be downloaded as a PDF document from www.statistics.gov.uk.

The UK has 15.23 million households with Internet access which is 61% of the homes in the UK. 84% of the Internet connections in 2007 are broadband connections, which means broadband take-up is sitting at around 51% of UK households. Looking at the break down across the UK regions we see:

Households with Internet access by country, region and type of connection in 2007.
Region Broadband Non-broadband No Internet access
South West 53% 16% 31%
London 60% 8% 31%
East of England 55% 12% 32%
South East 54% 11% 35%
Scotland 50% 10% 40%
East Midlands 49% 10% 41%
North West 51% 6% 44%
Wales 49% 8% 42%
West Midlands 46% 10% 44%
Yorks & Humber 43% 9% 48%
North East 46% 9% 48%
Northern Ireland 40% 11% 48%
England 52% 10% 39%
GB 51% 10% 39%
UK 51% 10% 39%

Of increasing importance to broadband providers is why people are not switching to broadband. The survey looked at why those properties without broadband chose not to have it. Splitting this down into four categories you get: No need 40%; Too expensive 21%; Not available in my area or can access broadband elsewhere 15%; Other reason 29%.

What we all do with our broadband connections is pretty revealing and surprisingly reveals such gems as only around 12% of the UK population use the Internet for telephone calls or video conferencing.

Activity Men Women All
Finding information about goods or services 88% 84% 86%
Sending/receiving emails 85% 85% 85%
Using services related to travel and accommodation 65% 61% 63%
Obtaining information from public authorities' web sites 47% 43% 46%
Internet banking 46% 43% 45%
Looking for information about education, training or courses 35% 38% 36%
Playing or downloading games, images, films or music 41% 29% 35%
Other information search or online service 35% 33% 34%
Consulting the Internet with the purpose of learning 35% 31% 33%
Downloading official forms 35% 27% 31%
Reading or downloading online news, magazines 35% 25% 30%
Other communication (use of chat sites, messenger, etc.) 29% 26% 28%
Seaking health-related information 24% 31% 27%
Listening to web radios/watching web televison 32% 19% 25%
Sending completed forms to public authorities 29% 20% 25%
Downloading software 34% 14% 24%
Looking for a job or sending a job application 21% 21% 21%
Selling of goods or services (e.g. via auctions) 21% 13% 17%
Telephoning over the Internet/video conferencing 16% 8% 12%
Doing an online course (in any subject) 6% 7% 6%

Comments

Posted by wispy over 9 years ago
Interesting stuff, but 'porn' isn't listed as an activity - can't be accurate surely?!
Posted by Captain_Ahab over 9 years ago
Perhaps porn comes under the 'Playing or downloading games, images, films or music' category. If so, the percentages are too low and cast doubt on an otherwise excellent survey.
Posted by CARPETBURN over 9 years ago
Interesting reading, im quite shocked at the figure for "Using services related to travel and accommodation" id have thought some stuff below that would have ranked higher. Other than that defo one of the better government based surveys which breaks down the figures quite a bit compared to some.
Posted by FRS_Plunderer over 9 years ago
wow only 61% of people in the UK even bother to have internet connection of any kind, i think thats lower then the other survey i read.

What happened to that statistic that said that 50% of all internet traffic is porno?
Posted by FRS_Plunderer over 9 years ago
okay found the porn statistic, its 'Internet banking' someone miss spelt it should be a 'W'
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 9 years ago
On the percentage, remember there is difference between percentage of households and percentage of people.

If a higher figure is given elsewhere, it may be for those accessing the Internet at work, which seems to account for around 15% of households in this survey
Posted by CARPETBURN over 9 years ago
Also just looking at this again i see "Playing or downloading games, images, films or music"
Is way higher than "Downloading software", i assume this is the P2P influence for films and music which pushes it up there.
This survey is suprisingly good, dunno how accurate it is (none of us do) but its certainly broke down into nice detail thats easy to understand, i hope some ISPs look at it and take note of what alot of users want and do with their connections :)
Posted by chrysalis over 9 years ago
was a choice for not having it "unavailable" ?
Posted by chrysalis over 9 years ago
sorry misread the article.
Posted by hefilump over 9 years ago
I don't think anyone in the industry should be slapping themselves on the back and it doesn't matter that 84% of connections are via Broadband.

What is important is that 39% of people in the UK have no internet connection and that 15% of people cannot have a broadband connection.

The infrastructure in this country needs to be sorted out so that more people can actually get a connection, rather than working on getting faster speeds for those who already have access
Posted by FRS_Plunderer over 9 years ago
What is important is that 39% of people in the UK have no internet, but 30% don't have a PC, surely they need one of those first!
Posted by comnut over 9 years ago
the problem about 'porn in the UK' is that 'everyone says they dont touch it'... :D :D

- the amount of shops that sell it, there are quite a few people 'keeping them in business' !!! :D

Posted by comnut over 9 years ago
likewise nothing much about gambling, etc...

was this survey 'man in the steet' or online questionaire'?? - result would vary, depending on 'out with the mates', 'out with wife/girlfriend' or 'trying to chat up the attractive survey person'....:) :)
Posted by Captain_Ahab over 9 years ago
Plunderer - you don't need a pc at home to access the internet. Laptops, smart phones, even mobile phones can do the trick. Also, some of those who don't have a pc at home will use their computer at work to access the internet.

Hefilump - to say 15% od people in the UK can't have a broadband connection is false - the true figure for 'homes passed' (a statistic which isn't quoted here) is something like 98% or 99%. According to this survey, 15% said they can't access the internet at home OR can access the internet elsewhere.
Posted by FRS_Plunderer over 9 years ago
News flash Capt.Ahab - a laptop is a PC (personal Computer), a desktop is another kind (the kind i think you think is called a PC).

The title of the artile is: "What does the UK do with their Internet connections?" the PC at work or at the libary or the friends house dosn't count as it is not 'their' computer.

And realistically who's going to get broadband for their mobile phone!?
Posted by CARPETBURN over 9 years ago
quote"The title of the artile is: "What does the UK do with their Internet connections?" the PC at work or at the libary or the friends house dosn't count as it is not 'their' computer." Technically thats wrong a person in a household may not own the computer, they may not even pay for the internet, therefore neither is "theirs" then is it. But i think the results of the main user in a household would still be included.
quote"And realistically who's going to get broadband for their mobile phone!?" contradicts the title your own opinion and the story to some extent as its about "internet"
Posted by FRS_Plunderer over 9 years ago
Your incesssant jabbering is hard to understand, but i'll clarify. As the survey was about households only, accessing the internet at work does not count so my point stands.
Posted by CARPETBURN over 9 years ago
What about people that work from home, did you forget them?
Posted by FRS_Plunderer over 9 years ago
If its a company provided connection it dosn't count, in most cases the owning company is very restrictive and should the employee go on ebay or look at prono they get the boot!
Posted by CARPETBURN over 9 years ago
Agreed however its still possible some work from home is included in the figures, if you owned your own business and also worked from home i imagine you would use the same connection for work as you do for pleasure.
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