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The Continental Research Summer 2002 Internet survey of 2,100 Internet users estimated that 1.2 million homes have ISDN, ADSL or fast access through cable. Thanks to a wider take-up of ADSL, the survey predicted that this figure would grow by a further 700,000.
At the moment cable companies NTL and Telewest are in a strong position. NTL estimates that most higher-speed users (not including those with ISDN) are running a high-speed cable modem rather than ADSL access.
But as the cable companies can only offer a service in their franchise areas, ADSL may become the preferred means of high-speed Net access across the UK as BT upgrades more exchanges to offer ADSL. This is likely to be fuelled by the recent ADSL price cuts.
Continental Research found that a total of 10 million households are connected to the Internet. The majority (88%) use slow dial-up modem connections over a regular phone line.
Continental added that 17.9 million people regularly use the Internet from home and/or work. The biggest spenders on-line are 35 to 44-year-olds, and 70% of on-line expenditure comes from males.