Broadband take-up rises among older Brits, says Ofcom

Wednesday, December 8th 2010
Take-up of the technology has risen by nine percentage points for 65 to 74-year-olds.
Broadband take-up rises among older Brits, says Ofcom
Older consumers are increasingly signing up for home broadband, according to new research.

Telecoms regulator Ofcom found take-up of broadband services across the UK rose by three percentage points this year when compared to 2009.

However, this rate of growth was significantly higher among older Brits, with the increase in broadband connections standing at nine percentage points for people aged between 65 and 74.

The over-75s almost matched this figure, with this demographic seeing take-up of the technology rise by eight percentage points.

Meanwhile, only 15 per cent of consumers said they have no intention of signing up for home broadband over the next 12 months, down from 20 per cent in 2009.

Ofcom's research follows on from a study published by the Office for National Statistics, which found 30.1 million UK adults use the internet on most days.

But 9.2 million had never used the web, with 60 per cent of these people aged 65 and over.

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08th December 2010
Silver Surfers IT market Underdeveloped With so big a potential from the Silver Surfers why hasn’t Microsoft or any other company manufactured an Operating System targeted at this large section of the Global Community? I once proved almost anyone can learn to do even complicated precision ‘Desktop Publishing’ as in this test mentioned there were three women aged 50 to 55 and two women aged 80 to 82 years of age. It was an 82-year-old lady who first completed her entire publication in just 53 minutes with nil faults, a link to the tutorial for download is also there. So it’s particularly interesting that recent reports state British Children are some of the dumbest in the World after so much Taxpayers Money has been foolishly misspent on bad teaching methods. Your Government wanted me to publish more yet would not employ me to do so, I was unemployed at the time. Signed Carl Barron Chairman of agpcuk
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