New figures from the Office of National Statistics show that the UK broadband market has almost doubled in the past 12 months. In April, 27.2% of internet connections were now broadband, compared to just 14.5% a year earlier.
Broadband connections continue to increase their market share rapidly, whilst dialup connections decline – there are now less dial up subscriptions than when the index started in January 2001.
“The year-on-year decrease to April 2004 was 6.8 per cent for dial-up connections with a decrease of 1.9 per cent from March 2004 to April 2004,” the ONS said in a statement.
The growth is being driven by new pricing plans, increased availability and more demanding applications such as music, video and online gaming.
Dial-up internet access still accounts for 72.8% of internet connections, so there is still a lot of growth for broadband still to come.