U.K. Internet Connectivity, December 2005

U.K. broadband accounts continue to rise as dialup falls. In eGov monitor‘s monthly “Index of Internet Connectivity,” dialup connections were recorded to account for 35.8 percent of all Internet connections in the country in December 2005.

Broadband connections, meanwhile, accounted for 64.2 percent of all Internet connections. That’s up from 62.3 percent in November 2005. In December 2004, 43 percent of connections were over broadband.

Broadband connections’ market share has increased since eGov began tracking its growth.

During that time, dialup connections continued to fall. The year-on-year drop was 34.1 percent. The monthly decrease from November to December 2005 was 5.2 percent.

In December last year, the percentage of active subscriptions using free or billed dialup access was 23 percent, down from 31 percent the year before. Fixed-rate, or unmetered, dialup was 11 percent, down from 22 percent the previous year.

Going forward the “Index of Internet Connectivity” will publish quarterly. Data are taken from surveys of a panel of ISPs, collecting data on the number of active Internet subscriptions, connection types, and subscription types. To be counted, active Internet subscribers must have accessed the Internet in the month to which the survey refers.

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