UK Internet subscriber numbers up 6.5% in 2003

According to figures from the Office of National Statistics, last year saw a 6.5% increase in the number of internet connections between December 2002 and December 2003. And the figures continue to show an upwards trend, suggesting the UK is still a way from hitting saturation point, with the number of connections increasing 0.8% month on month from November 2003 to December 2003. Always-on connections now account for 22.5% of all connections – up from 10.8% in December 2002. Meanwhile the number of dial-up connections fell by 7% over the year as web surfers make the switch to broadband.