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Broadband Britain is 10 years old

25th February 2009

Broadband in the UK has been around now for 10 years and has grown at a huge rate

Broadband in the UK has gone from pretty much non-existent to a necessity in the last 10 years.
Towards the end of 1999 saw BT Broadband and Telewest (now Virgin Media) launch their first trial services of broadband in the UK where users could get broadband speeds of 256Kb (it is not uncommon for people now to receive 8,000kb/8Mb).
1999 was still the time when Dial Up Internet ruled the roost and most at best could get broadband speeds of 50kb!

UK Broadband is 10 years oldAs broadband started to take off in popularity it first seemed to appeal mainly to the "nerdy" stereotype of user, but as broadband prices have continued to fall, the availability of broadband has increased and the need for broadband in the home has also increased it has got to a stage now where broadband is considered an everyday necessity for many homes and business across the UK.

The need for Internet has grown so much now that it in effect is one of the most, if not THE most important communications service in a persons home, with broadband able to deliver not only everyday internet surfing and email uses but also TV, radio, music, films, VoIP (online telephone), it is now viewed as the hub of our communication lives, an amazing feat in just 10 short years!

The following is a table from Point-Topic.com showing where the UK is at today with the broadband speeds that we can receive in different parts of the country:

Region % (of population) in reach of 8Mbps+ 8Mbps+ % (of population) in reach of 2-8 Mbps Out of range of 2mbps
East Midlands
66.0%
18.7%
15.2%
East of England
65.0%
20.1%
15.0%
London
93.0%
5.8%
1.2%
North East
63.5%
20.7%
15.8%
North West
72.2%
17.0%
10.8%
South East
66.0%
20.6%
13.5%
South West
53.7%
26.4%
19.9%
West Midlands
76.6%
13.0%
10.4%
Yorkshire and The Humber
60.5%
23.4%
16.1%
Northern Ireland
38.7%
29.1%
32.2%
Scotland
57.4%
27.0%
15.6%
Wales
38.4%
34.7%
26.9%

Back in 1999 the average broadband user would be someone who used the internet for up to 100 minutes per week, jump 10 years on and the average is more than 16 hours per week, much of this helped by the fact that the broadband downloads are up to 200 times faster!

Tim Johnson, Chief Analyst at Point Topic:
The vision of the people who launched broadband has been pretty well fulfilled.
In just 10 years high speed internet access has gone from novelty to necessity for millions of families


The next step for Broadband Britain is to invest in Fibre Broadband that will offer broadband users broadband speeds of 40Mb+. Point-Topic.com also believe that the next 10 years will see 90% of the UK having broadband and with most having speeds of over 32Mb.
To achieve this though the investment in Fibre (FTTC - Fibre To The Cabinet) and Cable needs to be increased, already we are seeing hints of these speeds as Virgin Media are now offering some of their users 50Mb broadband already.


Author: Mark Ward
Copyright: BroadbandWatchdog.co.uk - NetMediaUK.com


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