Over a quarter of all UK residents still do not have a broadband connection, according to Ofcom, underlining the work the government has to do to hit its targets of getting the entire nation online.
The percentage of the population using broadband rose three points in the first quarter of 2011 to 74 per cent, and more than half of people aged 65-74 are now using the internet.
The research also found that 500,000 households have a superfast connection of 30Mbit/s or above, and that satisfaction levels are as high as 80 per cent.
Point Topic analyst Tim Johnson told V3 that, while the older generation is getting more internet savvy, there is still a lot more work to be done to achieve higher take-up.
"It's quite high and to be expected, given the socio-economic and educational structure of the UK. But the problem is not in 'remote regions' which don't have broadband. They are pretty negligible," he said.
"Older people and the urban poor are the hard core of non-users now. Race Online 2012 is making an energetic attempt to bring them within the fold, and Point Topic will be donating some of our data to a mapping project to show where digital deprivation is most acute."
The report also found that data volumes being sent over operators' networks increased by a factor of 38 in the three years to the end of 2010, as the rise in smartphones and tablets drove demand for data-hungry applications on the go.
Jeremy Green, a principal analyst at Ovum, agreed that smartphones are clearly the primary cause of this rise, but said that other factors are also at play.
"Data dongles have also had a big impact on data volumes. Three's network is almost entirely data, the vast majority made up from laptops using dongles for data connections," he told V3.
"The increase in the capabilities of operators' technologies, from UPMS to HSPA+, has also helped drive the use of data-hungry applications by removing the distinction between what you can do on a mobile internet connection and a fixed connection."
George Wareing, head of mobile and broadcast at Virgin Media Business, warned that as more businesses enable staff to work with mobile devices they need to be aware of potential problems.
"The upshot of this is that mobile data traffic will continue to rise rapidly, driven by enterprise and the increasing prevalence of smartphones in the consumer market," he said.
"With more businesses starting to rely on smartphones and mobile connectivity, network operators need to make sure that network speeds will not be affected by the UK's insatiable appetite for data."
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