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Latest Internet Access Figures

17 July 2003

Numbers of internet connections in the UK have reached a new record high, according to new government data released today.

Figures from National Statistics' latest monthly update indicate a 0.5 per cent increase from April to May 2003 in its index of internet connectivity, representing growth of 5.6 per cent over the last year.

Statistics suggest that more people are choosing to access the internet via broadband, with permanent connections continuing to gain market share. These now appear to represent 16.1 per cent of total internet subscriptions, up from 15.1 per cent in April 2003. Despite this, the vast majority (83 per cent) are found to be still using slower dial-up connections, although this figure is continuing to decrease, albeit at a lower than seen in the previous two months.

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