Broadband access has risen, says ONS

Tuesday, August 31st 2010
The Office for National Statistics has found that 19.2 million UK households are now connected to the web.
Broadband access has risen, says ONS
New figures have revealed that the number of people in the UK with access to home broadband has increased in the past year.

The study, conducted by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), revealed that 19.2 million households across the country - representing 73 per cent of all homes - are now connected to the internet.

This is up by 900,000 on the amount recorded last year and an increase of five million since 2006.

Furthermore, the body found that more than 38 million Britons are internet users, while just over 30 million access the web every day, or almost every day.

"Usage is closely linked with a number of socio-economic and demographic indicators, with those less educated and on lower incomes less likely to access the web," commented Mark Williams from the ONS.

Earlier this month, telecoms industry regulator Ofcom claimed that broadband take-up across the UK has now reached 71 per cent. England ranked above all of the other UK nations with 73 per cent. 

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