(ISPs) shows that between August 2001 and August 2002 there was a
11.8 per cent increase in the number of subscriptions to the
internet. The month on month change between July and August 2002 was
August, which was due to a decrease in the number of dial-up
connections,uptake of permanent connections continued to increase.
This was due to advertising campaigns promoting a fall in the price
of broadband technology (see over). Subscriptions are defined as
those that were active during the month in question. The growth since
April 2002 has been revised downwards due to company restructuring
and subsequent misreporting.
Dial-up versus permanent Internet connections
In August 2002, subscriptions for dial-up and permanent internet
connections continued to display quite different patterns of growth.
The indices for dial-up and permanent subscriptions were 110.9 and
1166.5 respectively. The year on year growth to August 2002 was 5.7
per cent for dial-up connections,with a decrease of 1.0 per cent from
July to August 2002. The year on year growth was 354.8 per cent for
permanent connections, with an increase of 9.9 per cent from July to
August 2002.Dial-up connections continued to dominate the overall
number of subscriptions, but with permanent connections continuing to
increase their share at a growing rate. Permanent connections made up
7.2 per cent of total subscriptions in August 2002, up from 6.5 per
cent in July. This increase in the market share is due to a fall in
the price of broadband technology. Revisions to both the dial-up and
permanent indices have occurred due to updated company information.
In August 2002, the percentage of subscriptions using free access
fell by two percentage points to 25 per cent. Those paying a fixed
rate for unmetered access increased to 38 per cent, while billed
access for call minutes increased by one point to 19 per cent.At 5
per cent there was no change in the percentage of subscriptions using
a mixed plan (fixed rate plus bills for calls).'Always on' increased
its share to 4 per cent with 'Other' access accounting for the
remaining 9 per cent of subscriptions (down from 10 per cent in
1. E-commerce could have a huge impact on the way businesses operate.
It has the potential to lead to growth in trade, increase markets,
improve efficiency and effectiveness and transform business
processes. In recognition of its significance in the future
performance of the economy,the UK government has set itself the
target of becoming 'the best environment in the world to do
e-commerce.' DTI 1998 White Paper 'Our Competitive Future:Building
the Knowledge-Driven Economy' CM4176. In response, the ONS has
developed a package of measures that will help monitor the UK's use
2. One strand of the strategy is the Monthly Inquiry to Internet
Service Providers (ISPs). This inquiry, established in January 2001,
surveys a panel of ISPs,collecting data on the number of active
subscriptions, type of connections to the Internet and access plan
used.Publication of the index commenced in December 2001, in respect
of October 2001.
3. The index of connectivity is constructed for internet
subscriptions, with January 2001 being used as the base month. The
index expresses the current month as a percentage of the base month.
The response to the survey stands at 77 per cent for the current
month. Estimates are made for non-responding businesses. The index is
not seasonally adjusted.
4. The Internet Service Providers Inquiry is carried out in line with
the rigorous standards of all National Statistics.However, it is
important to note that there is currently no definitive population of
ISPs from which to sample, and therefore the index should be treated
with some caution as it is still in development phase.
5. The entire index is reviewed each month to ensure that ONS
publishes its best estimates. Revisions can occur due to company
misreporting or additions to the panel of ISPs.
6. Dial-up connections are those that access the Internet via ISDN or
an analogue modem. Permanent connections are those with a dedicated
continuous internet connection.
UK REACHES ONE MILLION HIGH SPEED BROADBAND CONNECTIONS
The UK has reached one million high speed broadband connections,
Oftel has announced today.
Announcing the news, David Edmonds, director general of
'Figures from telecoms operators show that the UK has reached one
million high speed broadband connections.
'This take up shows that consumers recognise the power of broadband
to deliver high speed Internet access into their homes.
'The number of broadband connections has risen from half a million to
one million in six months, with new connections running at over
20,000 per week.
'Oftel has helped to create the most competitive broadband market in
Europe through the huge amount of work we have undertaken in a number
'Broadband is available to consumers through many different service
providers using a variety of different networks, resulting in
increased choice and lower prices. UK consumers now have access to
some of the lowest prices for broadband services in Europe.
'There is also a thriving narrowband Internet access market with a
wide range of ISPs offering pay-as-you-go and unmetered access
Oftel has promoted competition by ensuring access to BT's network
through broadband interconnection arrangements and local loop
Network competition exists between ntl, Telewest and BT. BT must make
wholesale broadband products available to service providers on the
same terms as for its own retail service providers. Over 100 service
providers use these products to deliver services to consumers and
Broadband services are delivered to residential and business
customers using a range of technologies including DSL, cable modems,
fixed wireless networks and satellite.