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Nearly half of UK net users have mobile Internet

Nearly half of UK net users have mobile Internet

According to the report, 45 per cent of UK net users access the Web from a mobile device.

According to a report published by the Office of National Statistics, over 45 per cent of Internet users in the UK now access the Internet from a mobile data connection.

According to the report, published yesterday, the number of people who accessed the Internet while on the move increased from 31 to 45 per cent in the last year. The report also revealed that the number of wireless hotspots had nearly doubled in the last year to nearly 5 million.

The report also surprisingly revealed that 77 per cent of UK households have an Internet connection - a statistic that LastMinute.com founder and government-appointed 'Digital Champion' Martha Lane-Fox reportedly described as 'depressing' on BBC Radio 4's World at One programme.

What's more, 2 per cent of these net-connected households still use dial-up. Given that the report states that 19 million UK households have a net connection, this means there are around 380,000 households still struggling with a sub-56Kb/sec connection.

Do you use a mobile Internet connection? Are any of you still struggling with a dial-up connection? Let us know in the forums.

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Shikkari 1st September 2011, 18:49 Quote
Right, sorry if I have read this wrong, but where is says "Given that the report states that 19 million UK households have a net connection" . Since when has 77% of (about) 60 million people been 19 million?

I'm not even sure where 19 million comes from, but again sorry if I have read this wrong.
Aracos 1st September 2011, 18:49 Quote
no and no :D
Shikkari 1st September 2011, 18:52 Quote
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Originally Posted by Aracos
no and no :D

Elaborate please?
M7ck 1st September 2011, 18:53 Quote
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Originally Posted by Shikkari
Right, sorry if I have read this wrong, but where is says "Given that the report states that 19 million UK households have a net connection" . Since when has 77% of (about) 60 million people been 19 million?

I'm not even sure where 19 million comes from, but again sorry if I have read this wrong.

Haven't read it yet but I would assume that not everyone has there own house and that several people in the same house can share a connection.
Kiytan 1st September 2011, 18:57 Quote
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Originally Posted by Shikkari
Right, sorry if I have read this wrong, but where is says "Given that the report states that 19 million UK households have a net connection" . Since when has 77% of (about) 60 million people been 19 million?

I'm not even sure where 19 million comes from, but again sorry if I have read this wrong.

According to this that means there are roughly 25 million households in the uk (if 19million is 77% of them) which averages out at about 2 and a half people per house, which sounds about right to me.

Also, I'm amazed there's that many people on dial-up, I didn't even know most companies still offered it.
Fizzban 1st September 2011, 19:00 Quote
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Originally Posted by M7ck
Haven't read it yet but I would assume that not everyone has there own house and that several people in the same house can share a connection.

Basically.

There might be 19 million homes with net, but how many people live in each one of those homes? Three to a house is 57 million and that is only slightly less than the population of the UK. I say slightly, there is something like 62 million in the UK.
Shikkari 1st September 2011, 19:08 Quote
Ah right okay, sorry, I didn't even think about more than one person using a internet connection. :P
SMIFFYDUDE 1st September 2011, 20:37 Quote
Sucks to be living in one of those 380,000 homes on dial up. How can you even use the web at that speed anymore?
Aracos 1st September 2011, 20:37 Quote
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Originally Posted by Shikkari
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Originally Posted by Aracos
no and no :D

Elaborate please?

Lol sorry mate, there was no posts when I posted that so I was answering the articles questions :P
Guinevere 1st September 2011, 21:19 Quote
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Originally Posted by SMIFFYDUDE
Sucks to be living in one of those 380,000 homes on dial up. How can you even use the web at that speed anymore?

They're not actually using it. 380,000 sounds about right for the number of people still on hold with AOL trying to cancel their 56k dial-up account.

:)
Roskoken 1st September 2011, 21:22 Quote
mobile broadbands ****in wank beacause of bullshit data caps
RichCreedy 1st September 2011, 21:35 Quote
for my mobile broadband i pay £15 for 15GB a month, on a 2yr contract with 3
The Hooded Claw 1st September 2011, 21:37 Quote
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Originally Posted by RichCreedy
for my mobile broadband i pay £15 for 15GB a month, on a 2yr contract with 3

Me too, ideal for my use when at work as the customer doesn't always allow use of their connection, and TBH I don't want to hook my laptop up so they could possibly monitor my use.
Coltch 2nd September 2011, 08:35 Quote
Use mobile broadband at home as I don't have a phone line yet, £15 for 3GB isnt too bad.

Have a 500MB cap on my phone so tend to use Wi-Fi more, but use it for internet access more than my PC.
MaverickWill 2nd September 2011, 10:18 Quote
380,000 homes in the UK, or (going off ye olde average between homes and people) a MILLION UK residents, are using dial-up internet.

So, Activision, Blizzard, Ubisoft, EA...

About that whole "always online" thing...
RedFlames 2nd September 2011, 10:58 Quote
my mobile can only just do phonecalls/sms...
wuyanxu 2nd September 2011, 11:03 Quote
pretty sure this figure counts mobile phone as a separate connection?

otherwise can't image so many people on 3G dongles. i had to tether my phone this week and it really isn't worth the stress. the latency is probably worse than dail-up.
erratum1 3rd September 2011, 05:22 Quote
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Official figures which show that 8.73 million Britons claim to have never once used the internet have been described as 'depressing' by UK digital champion Martha Lane Fox.

It's true that some people are just not interested in computers or the internet.


Edit:

In your article I was confusesd as to what she was depressed about, lol.
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The report also surprisingly revealed that 77 per cent of UK households have an Internet connection - a statistic that LastMinute.com founder and government-appointed 'Digital Champion' Martha Lane-Fox reportedly described as 'depressing' on BBC Radio 4's World at One programme.
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