Headlines: May 3rd, 2002

More than half a million people and businesses are using the internet via high-speed broadband connections. New figures from Oftel show that the take-up of broadband connections has now reached 20,000 a week.The current level of growth outstrips the demands seen for both mobile phones and ordinary dial-up Internet when they first became widely available.

Broadband services are delivered to homes and businesses using cable modems, DSL technology, broadband fixed wireless and broadband satellite services.

Oftel is also pleased to see a high level of competition in supplying broadband. The trend in many European countries is to simply use an existing supplier to provide the service, whereas in the UK customers are choosing from a number of different networks and providers.

It is expected that as more and more Internet users take up high speed broadband the range of services will increase and prices fall.