Fuelled by the uptake of broadband, the number of active UK subscriptions to the internet grew by 4.1 per cent between November 2003 and November 2004, the National Statistics monitoring service reported today.
According to the figures, the UK's internet connectivity index increased by 0.2 per cent between October and November 2004 to 132.5.
The rise in internet connectivity increased for three consecutive months, but is still a little below the peak of 133.1 in March 2004.
National Statistics noted that the market share for permanent connections continued to increase in October, and currently accounts for 37.7 per cent of all connections. This compares with a market share of 20.9 per cent a year before.
The index of dial-up connections, after a peak of 114.3 in February 2002, continued its recent decline, with a year-on-year fall to November 2004 of 18 per cent. The decrease from October to November 2004 was 2.5 per cent.
In contrast, permanent broadband internet connections continued to increase market share and made up 37.7 per cent of all subscriptions in November 2004, up from 36 per cent in October 2004.
There was a year-on-year increase of 87.8 per cent for subscriptions to permanent connections, with a monthly increase in November of 4.8 per cent.
The increase in the market share for permanent broadband connections has not overcome dial-up, which still dominates the overall number of subscriptions despite its share dropping to 62.3 per cent of all subscriptions in November 2004.
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