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Internet Usage Stats and Market Profile

Internet Usage Statistics:
63,544,106 Internet users as of Dec/20, 93.6% of the population, according to ITU.

Latest Population Estimate:
67,886,011 population for 2020, according to US Census Bureau.

Gross Domestic Produt:
GDP per capita is US$ 42,944 (2018) according to World Bank.

Country Size (Area):
The UK has 244,140 sq km - Population density is 255 persons per sq km.

Internet Usage and Population Statistics:




% Pop.

Usage Source




26.2 %





59.8 %

Nielsen Net//Ratings




63.8 %





79.8 %

Nielsen Online




82.5 %


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United Kingdom Internet Broadband Report

United Kingdom Broadband Market - Overview & Statistics report
The UK’s broadband infrastructure is characterised by excellent cross-platform competition, with comprehensive DSL complemented by cable networks which reach about half of all households. The DSL network has been upgraded during the last few years as a result of BTís migration to its new 21CN, and by early 2011 more than five million users could access wholesale ADSL2+. Virgin Media has emerged as the best provider in terms of realised speeds, the company has rolled out a 100Mb/s service across much of its footprint, and it intended to launch a 200Mb/s service later in 2011. In addition, BT’s FttC/VDSL service should cover 66% of the population by 2015. The market remains fiercely competitive as a result of regulatory measures to provide competitor access to BT’s exchanges, while during 2010 similar measures were undertaken to ensure equal access on fibre networks. Broadband has also been characterised by falling prices and by a gradual increase in average data speeds, which reached 8Mb/s by mid-2010. This report profiles the overall UK broadband market in 2011, covering broadband technologies and including the latest statistics, an update on recent commercial initiatives, an assessment of Next Generation Access, and forecasts to 2020.
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United Kingdom Internet Usage and Broadband

June, 2004

Internet access

" 59% of UK homes have a PC

" 52% of homes (around 12.8 million) have Internet access

" 68% of small businesses have Internet access


" 3.2 million broadband connections

" 1.82 million DSL connections

" 1.36 million cable modem connections

" 12% of homes have broadband

" DSL is available to 85% of UK homes and businesses


‘Dial-up’ or ‘narrowband’ Internet access is used in this brief for access speeds up to and including 128 kilobits per second (kbps).

'Broadband' is used in this brief to refer to higher bandwidth, always-on services, offering data rates of 128 kbps and above.

This definition of broadband is used by Ofcom for the purposes of measuring take-up in order to capture the dynamic range of services available to residential and business consumers that are classed by the industry as broadband. This definition gives Ofcom data that is comparable with broadband take-up figures published by other countries in Europe.

Source: Ofcom Research, January 2004

Update, June 18, 2004

Latest official figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) indicate that subscriptions to the Net have grown almost 10%, with more net users switching to broadband.

Subscriptions for dial-up and broadband Internet connections continued to show opposing patterns of annual growth. The year on year decrease to April 2004 was 6.8% for dial-up connections with a decrease of 1.9% from March 2004 to April 2004. There was a year on year increase of 101.1% for broadband connections with a monthly increase of 6.1%.

Broadband now accounts for 27.2% of Internet connections, up 2.5% on the previous month and up 14.5% on a year ago. Dial-up subscriptions saw a 6.8% year-on-year decrease.

Increased competition between broadband providers has resulted in a "gold rush" for consumers, with competition giving more choice and cheaper deals.

More people in the UK can now access broadband. BT's latest stats are that 96% of customers are within range of broadband access, with a target of 99.6% for the summer of 2005.

June 2 2004: Broadband and DTV on the rise says Ofcom

June 2 2004: BT launches satellite broadband service

UK Households with home access to the Internet, 1998-2004
In the second quarter of 2004, 52 per cent of households in the UK (12.8 million) could access the Internet from home, compared with just 9 per cent (2.2 million) in the same quarter of 1998. For 2008 detailed information
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Additional Information on UK Territories
Links to the Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies of the United Kingdom:
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Cayman Islands
Channel Islands: Jersey and Guernsey
Falkland Islands
Isle of Man
Pitcairn Island
St. Helena
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