88.4 per cent of UK Internet connections via broadband
The National Statistics Online website has published its latest round-up of UK Internet statistics, which shows that 88.4% of Internet connections in the UK in September 2007 were via a broadband service. This is a rise of 2.2 percentage points on previous figures from June 2007.
Dial-up is now vanishing to the point where it may actually start to become more expensive for those left with no choice but to use dial-up. With only 11.6% of Internet connections still to convert to broadband, the competition between providers may get even more fierce.
The National Statistics Office has started to look at the advertised speed for broadband connections, which we have reproduced below:
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The caveat that "the speed advertised for each subscription may not be the speed attained by the end user, as attained speed of connection is affected by issues such as distance from the local exchange and line quality", is made in the document and we should also be aware that the actual download experience will vary according to the activities of the other millions of broadband users in the UK.