Broadband still growing apace

Although most Internet connections are still dial-up, the number of broadband connections has increased 86 percent in the past year

Britain's broadband connections are continuing apace — with the rate of fat-pipe conversions outstripping the rate of new connections to the Internet as a whole.

According to figures from the Office of National Statistics, January 2005 saw a two percent increase in new connections to the Web, while connections made via broadband rose by five percent during the month.

Fat pipes now make up 41 percent of all Internet connections, which have increased year-on-year by over 86 percent.

Despite the ongoing substitution, dial-up connections still make up the lion's share of Internet subscriptions at 59 percent.