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Broadband popularity speeding away

The demise of dial-up draws closer


The demise of internet dial-up has come a step closer as more people choose broadband, figures showed.

Competitive prices and widespread availability have made the broadband increasingly popular, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) report said.

Dial-up accounted for just 13.9% of all connections in June – down from 16.4% in March this year and 67.3% in June 2004.

Internet connectivity

Nearly half (47%) of all internet users in the UK now have connection speeds of at least 2Mbps (megabits per second), according to the ONS index of internet connectivity.

‘The market share of broadband connections has been increasing since the index began in 2001, reflecting its growing popularity, widespread availability and competitive connection packages offered by internet service providers,’ the ONS report said.

Phone company T-Mobile said the official figures did not take account of some 500,000 people who accessed the internet via their mobiles.

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