The Surge in Broadband in the UK Looks Set to Outpace the Growth in the Number of PC Internet Connections in the Home, and Is the Main Recent Development in the ISP World.DUBLIN, Ireland -- Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/reports/c29804) has announced the addition of Internet Service Providers Internet service provider (ISP)
Company that provides Internet connections and services to individuals and organizations. For a monthly fee, ISPs provide computer users with a connection to their site (see data transmission), as well as a log-in name and password. Market Assessment 2005 to their offering.
The Internet service provider (ISP (1) See in-system programmable.
(2) (Internet Service Provider) An organization that provides access to the Internet. Connection to the user is provided via dial-up, ISDN, cable, DSL and T1/T3 lines. ) market has changed radically since 2001. There has been a dramatic shake-out in the top ten, with some names (e.g. Tiny, 08002Go and World Online) disappearing, and the brands Claranet, Virgin.net and Telewest blueyonder emerging. Even Freeserve has been rebranded as Wanadoo. The potential user base has also undergone major changes. Consumers are now more willing to change ISPs, and most find it easy to do so. Smaller ISPs, such as waitrose.com, are scoring higher among users for satisfaction than traditional suppliers such as AOL (A division of Time Warner, Inc., New York, NY, www.aol.com) The world's largest online information service with access to the Internet, e-mail, chat rooms and a variety of databases and services. . Retaining customer loyalty has become a prime concern among ISP executives.
Internet connections in the UK have burgeoned. National Statistics reported that, in the second quarter of 2004, 52% of households in the UK could access the Internet from home, compared with just 9% in the same quarter of 1998. The surge in broadband looks set to outpace out·pace
tr.v. out·paced, out·pac·ing, out·pac·es
To surpass or outdo (another), as in speed, growth, or performance.
[-pacing, the growth in the number of PC Internet connections in the home, and is the main recent development in the ISP world.
The UK also leads the Group of Seven (G7) countries in terms of availability, with 97% broadband coverage. This is expected to exceed 99% by summer 2005. Much of that is concentrated in urban areas. Cable broadband offered by companies such as NTL NTL Nevertheless
NTL National Transportation Library
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NTL National Training Laboratories
NTL Never Too Late
NTL Nothing to Lose
NTL National Training Laboratory
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NTL Number Theory Library and Telewest covers around 40% of the population. The ratio of broadband to narrowband connections is on the increase. On the other hand, the index of narrowband (dial-up) connections, after a peak in February 2002, continues to decrease. However, dial-up still dominates the overall number of subscriptions.
The UK is the second-largest broadband market in Europe, and a report carried out by the Office of Telecommunications (Oftel) in 2003 showed that UK prices are cheaper than many other countries for broadband, encouraging faster uptake. (Oftel has since been replaced by the Office of Communications (Ofcom).) The UK also had the fastest-growing broadband market in Europe. However, research generally shows that the pace of growth in Internet users has begun to slow somewhat. Competition among ISPs has heightened.
The PC remains the prime medium for Internet access See how to access the Internet. in the UK and looks set to remain so. Only a small minority of Internet users show any desire to access it via a mobile telephone, but this is likely to grow as multimedia messaging services (messaging) Multimedia Messaging Services - (MMS) A feature of some mobile telephones that allows them to send messages including text, sound, images and video. expand. Interactive television has potential as the medium offering the Internet to the masses, with the penetration of digital television likely to reach 100% in the UK, once analogue broadcasting is switched off by 2010.
It is believed there is scope for continued growth in Internet user numbers. Some of the factors influencing market growth include slowing take-up rates but faster access speeds. Broadband will prevail and, with monthly charges falling, will also help to attract more users, with easier video and music downloading. The number of users accessing via broadband will outstrip out·strip
tr.v. out·stripped, out·strip·ping, out·strips
1. To leave behind; outrun.
2. To exceed or surpass: "Material development outstripped human development" narrowband users in 2006. Mobile and wireless access will increase, as a growing number of users access the Internet on the move, e.g. from wireless fidelity See Wi-Fi. (Wi-Fi) hotspots. Technology options are widening, with features such as Voice over Internet Protocol See Internet and TCP/IP.
(networking) Internet Protocol - (IP) The network layer for the TCP/IP protocol suite widely used on Ethernet networks, defined in STD 5, RFC 791. IP is a connectionless, best-effort packet switching protocol. (VoIP) appearing, which allows ISP users to make free telephone calls to friends.
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