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Majority of Brits have broadband connection

Majority of Brits have broadband connection

Jenna knows what one of the main uses of your broadband connection is...

The 2007 National Statistics Omnibus Survey has shown that more Brits are on a broadband connection than ever before with 51 percent of households having one form of broadband or another. That's up from forty percent last year.

The survey was conducted on a random sampling of around 1,800 adults that are aged 16 or over and living in a private household.

Around 60 percent of all London households have a broadband connection while Northern Ireland has an attach rating of only 40 percent.

The same survey also reports that a total of 15.23 million (61 percent) households have Internet access with London and South-west England leading the pack at 69 percent. Northern Ireland, north-east England and Yorkshire in northern England trailed everyone with only 52 percent of all households having some form of internet access.

Men are more likely to be found on the Internet then women with a 71 percent to 62 percent ratio.

The results have also found that goods and services searching was the primary reason for Internet usage (86 percent) with sending and receiving emails closely behind at 85 percent. Travel and accommodation services were also popular with 63 percent of respondents logging in to using them. There was no information on how many people log in just to look at porn (my guess would be around 90 percent).

What type of connection are you on and what is your primary reason for searching the Internet? If your answers are "broadband" and "to look at bit-tech" then let us know in the comments section below or over in the forums. Don't worry though, even if those are you're answers, feel free to discuss the results as well.

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mikeuk2004 29th August 2007, 11:53 Quote
yeah and if your with AOL like me and paying for a 8MB conection you get limited to 256k. Thats what I have been on for the last month :(
riggs 29th August 2007, 12:00 Quote
AOL Platinum: 6Mb down, 0.5Mb up.

Although the connection speed is all over the place at the moment, dropping down to 1.5Mb some days.

Still no broadband at my dads house though - he's close enough to the exchange to get (at most) 1Mb, but the lines are absolute crap and BT refuse to replace them...think they gave him the old "if they're good enough to make phone calls they don't need replacing" excuse.
Pimp Daddy 29th August 2007, 12:03 Quote
That survey isn't necessarily accurate because 1800 isn't a massive sample if you consider that there are 60m people living in the UK. The results are still interesting though.
jezmck 29th August 2007, 12:15 Quote
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Originally Posted by Pimp Daddy
That survey isn't necessarily accurate because 1800 isn't a massive sample...
That was my thought too.

My BT broadband is far far slower than the implied 8mb and it's really frustrating.
otispunkmeyer 29th August 2007, 12:34 Quote
NTL/Virgin Media 4mb down, 400 ish k up it hovers around 50kb/s up. it could well be 512k up but losses round it down to aroun 400,
however i do get pretty close to maxing out the download rate.
RTT 29th August 2007, 12:36 Quote
So can we please stop tagging threads with 56K BEWARE!!! now? :D
DougEdey 29th August 2007, 12:42 Quote
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Originally Posted by RTT
So can we please stop tagging threads with 56K BEWARE!!! now? :D

We can change it to 1Mb BEWARE!!!ONEELEVEN
sunny_man 29th August 2007, 12:58 Quote
We shouldn't be concentrating on getting more people on our slow network of telephone and copper cables but rather our broadband companies should be upgrading our network to optical fibre.

The more money they spend on extending their coverage with phone and copper the more it'll cost them to upgrade the UK to optical fibre.

Plus, companies advertise relatively mouth watering speeds and provide something not so appealing. My Virgin Media/NTL 4MB service runs at just under 500kbps download - upload isn't worth mentioning tbh.
DougEdey 29th August 2007, 13:44 Quote
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Originally Posted by sunny_man

Plus, companies advertise relatively mouth watering speeds and provide something not so appealing. My Virgin Media/NTL 4MB service runs at just under 500kbps download - upload isn't worth mentioning tbh.

You're on a 4Megabit service, that works out to 500kilobytes per second.

4000/8 = 500.

You're fine.
sunny_man 29th August 2007, 13:56 Quote
I know. I wasn't complaining about my service - except for the upload which is poor on Virgin Media.
proxess 29th August 2007, 14:04 Quote
Just 90% for porn? I think someone's being too modest or simply not telling the truth!
sam.g.taylor 29th August 2007, 14:29 Quote
I wonder what these statistics are like for us in the states...
sotu1 29th August 2007, 14:31 Quote
tru, 1800 is a small number to smaple but research suggests that even a small sample gives u a pretty good ballpark number
Mister_Tad 29th August 2007, 14:48 Quote
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Originally Posted by sunny_man
I know. I wasn't complaining about my service - except for the upload which is poor on Virgin Media.

I'm on their 20mb service (768 up) and get around 100kb/sec upload speeds, even higher than 768k (and 2.4MB/sec downloads as well)
I'm guessing it depends on where you live, as a friend of mine on the other side of town is also on the 20mb and gets around 1.8MB/sec down and 70kb/sec up
riggs 29th August 2007, 14:51 Quote
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Originally Posted by sotu1
tru, 1800 is a small number to smaple but research suggests that even a small sample gives u a pretty good ballpark number
Depends on where the people live that you're questioning. Ask 1,800 people in various towns/villages throughout Lincolnshire and I'm sure the percentage will be significantly lower.
DougEdey 29th August 2007, 15:07 Quote
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Originally Posted by Mister_Tad
I'm on their 20mb service (768 up) and get around 100kb/sec upload speeds, even higher than 768k (and 2.4MB/sec downloads as well)
I'm guessing it depends on where you live, as a friend of mine on the other side of town is also on the 20mb and gets around 1.8MB/sec down and 70kb/sec up

I get about the same as you Tad, except my upload hits 140k.

The difference in speeds will be down to how many people are on each connection at one time
Bogie 29th August 2007, 15:33 Quote
I'm on AOL and during the day it is ok at 5 meg but in the evenings they cap my speed to 0.5 meg. Wtf. They say ist because i have my internet connection active for too long. But hey, i leave my router on and that talks to the isp.

I hate AOL with a vengeance. I would get rid of it but my dad finds it easy to use as he is getting older.

Anyone else disgruntled with AOL?
fwalm 29th August 2007, 16:11 Quote
Well the Northern Ireland one is bull, ask people outside of Belfast and virtually no-body has it, why well I am paying for BT 8mb because I needed a more than 8gb usage allowance, and the fact it's virtually the only broadband you can get in the coutnry side, and I'm only get 1/3rdmb, so Northern Ireland would be alot less, for the UK it would be reasonabley accurate though even though the smallish sample they used.
cyrilthefish 29th August 2007, 16:13 Quote
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Originally Posted by otispunkmeyer
NTL/Virgin Media 4mb down, 400 ish k up it hovers around 50kb/s up. it could well be 512k up but losses round it down to aroun 400,
however i do get pretty close to maxing out the download rate.
I'm on the same package, due to the fact my family are quite heavy internet users (internet radio, skype, youtube, game demos and of course bittorrent) we find ourselves throttled to a painfull 2048/192k speed most days :'(
(the upload being the crippling part)

Can't even move to ADSL really, as our phone line is shockingly bad and can't stably go much faster than 2MB
completemadness 29th August 2007, 16:27 Quote
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Men are more likely to be found on the Internet then women with a 71 percent to 62 percent ratio.
Huh ? 133% total ?
JADS 29th August 2007, 16:40 Quote
My kickass broadband connection runs at 34KB/s download and a barnstorming 30KB/s upload! Yarrr fearsome speed :(

Apparently as it "works" BT aren't too inclined to do anything.
Ramble 29th August 2007, 16:46 Quote
I've always had pretty great service from ntl. 4mb is constantly maxed (just a tad over 3900kb/sec), and upload is generally high too (315kb/sec).
Now that they throttle back some nights it's just awful to be on the internet.
bloodcar 29th August 2007, 20:16 Quote
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Originally Posted by completemadness
Huh ? 133% total ?

71 percent of men compared to 62 percent of women.
Monkey 29th August 2007, 23:16 Quote
Im on Bethere upto 24MB, 1MB upload. I get about 7.4MB but if i sort my internal wireing i should get about 8MB. No throttling ether :)
naokaji 30th August 2007, 08:29 Quote
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Originally Posted by fwalm
Well the Northern Ireland one is bull, ask people outside of Belfast and virtually no-body has it, why well I am paying for BT 8mb because I needed a more than 8gb usage allowance, and the fact it's virtually the only broadband you can get in the coutnry side, and I'm only get 1/3rdmb, so Northern Ireland would be alot less, for the UK it would be reasonabley accurate though even though the smallish sample they used.

and i thought my internet here in belfast would be slow... :(

poor guys in the countrysides.
K.I.T.T. 30th August 2007, 08:39 Quote
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Originally Posted by DougEdey
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Originally Posted by Mister_Tad
I'm on their 20mb service (768 up) and get around 100kb/sec upload speeds, even higher than 768k (and 2.4MB/sec downloads as well)
I'm guessing it depends on where you live, as a friend of mine on the other side of town is also on the 20mb and gets around 1.8MB/sec down and 70kb/sec up

I get about the same as you Tad, except my upload hits 140k.

The difference in speeds will be down to how many people are on each connection at one time

I'm in the same situation as you two, they finally have gotten round to upgrading our area. i haven't really bee trying that hard but the max upload I've managed is about 90KB/s. I'm going to try channel hoping to see if any of the others are a little clearer and i can get the full speeds...although by the maths the max upload should be 96KB/s so i guess I'm not that far off....I'm almost tempted to use a *cough* legitimately modified *cough* config file just to increase the upload because that's what really annoys me about the connection now.
8igdave 1st September 2007, 23:35 Quote
Out of the majority of brits with broadband... how many of them get the connection they pay for and how many of them dont get disconnected randomly or throttled?

You get better internet in developing countries for a fraction of the price. I just ordered cable from Virgin media and im going to be leaving AOL im SOOOO happy.

Their tech people are sooooo god damn annoying, i ring them and ask them "Why do you keep disconnecting me and throttling my internet that im paying for for the last year"... their answers: "Try deleting your cache... have you tried restarting your pc?" O thats right... ive not restarted my pc in a year!
wewe 2nd September 2007, 00:35 Quote
I'd like to see what those 1800 'adults' surf
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