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Latest Internet Access Figures

10 April 2003

New research indicates that the UK is on target to reach two million broadband subscribers by June 2003.

Latest figures from the telecommunications industry regulator Oftel show that the total number of broadband users has now reached 1.77 million.

According to Oftel, a total of 45 per cent of households, representing around 11.25m homes, were reported to have internet access as of February 2003, with broadband connections representing around 13 per cent of subscriptions.  A quarter of residential internet connections were through narrowband metered or "pay-as-you-go" packages.

"Take-up of broadband continues to increase substantially and prices compare well with elsewhere", the report said.

Elsewhere, the research found that 65 per cent of small and medium enterprises have internet access, with around a third using a narrowband unmetered service.

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