Growth In Broadband Connections Surprises Many
New figures recently released have shown significant growth in UK broadband connections despite the recession.
The level of growth has surprised many industry officials and confirms that the recession has not hit the broadband sector quite as hard as other sectors such as the car industry.
It has been widely reported how during the recession Brits have opted to cut back on food bills and entertainment rather than their broadband connection. Therefore the new figures are not a complete shock, however, the level of new broadband connections has still been surprising.
The research by Point Topic found there had been around 445,000 new broadband connections in the UK in the first half of this year. Officials had originally predicted that there would be 100,000 fewer connections than this.
Predictions have now been made for the future with 23 million broadband connections expected in the UK by 2013. However, as encouraging as this is, it is still thought that there will be around 6.5 million homes that do not have a broadband connection by 2014.
This is in contrast with the government’s Digital Britain proposals which aim to provide all UK homes with at least 2Mbps broadband speeds by 2012.