79.2 percent of UK Internet connections via broadband
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:
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.