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The latest monthly update to the survey of internet service providers ...
The latest monthly update to the survey of internet service providers

shows that between July 2002 and July 2003 there was a 5.4 per

cent increase in the number of subscriptions to the internet. The

month on month change between June and July 2003 was 0.4 per cent.

Dial-up connections continued to decrease in July. The market share

for permanent connections continued to increase in July and now

stands at 17.3 per cent.

Subscriptions are defined as those that were active during the month

in question. Revisions have been made due to updated company


Dial-up versus permanent internet connections

In July 2003,the indices for dial-up and permanent subscriptions were

105.0 and 2,723 respectively.

Subscriptions for dial-up and permanent internet connections

continued to display quite different patterns of growth. The year on

year decrease to July 2003 was 5.8 per cent for dial-up connections,

with a decrease of 0.7 per cent from June 2003 to July 2003. The

year-on-year growth was 148.4 per cent for permanent connections, with

an increase of 5.8 per cent from June 2003 to July 2003.

Dial-up connections continued to dominate the overall number of

subscriptions, but with permanent connections continuing to increase

their share.

Permanent connections made up 17.3 per cent of total subscriptions in

July 2003, up from 16.3 per cent in June 2003.This increase in the

market share reflects the continued marketing and increase in

availability of broadband services. Revisions have been made due to

updated company information.

Access plans

In July 2003,the percentage of subscriptions using free access or

billed access remained at 42 per cent for the third consecutive

month, compared with 49 per cent a year ago. The percentage of those

paying a fixed rate for unmetered access was 34 per cent, the same as

July 2002. At 7 per cent there was no change in the percentage of

subscript ions using a mixed plan (fixed rate plus calls) whilst

'Always-on' subscriptions rose to 17 per cent.

Coverage United Kingdom

Theme The Economy

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