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Only 2% of UK companies use xDSL as primary Internet connection method - study.

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xDSL broadband has yet to make any significant impact on the business market in Britain, according to new research published by the market intelligence consultancy Rhetorik.

The study, which consisted of telephone interviews with IT decision makers at 361 British companies, revealed that less than 2% of the companies had installed xDSL technology as their primary connection. Further, only 17% said they planned to upgrade to xDSL during this year.

In contrast Rhetorik found that ISDN is becoming popular among UK businesses, with over 40% of public and private sector companies now connecting to the Internet in that way. Half of the medium-sized corporates and 45% of the small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) questioned in the study use ISDN as their primary connection. The dial-up connection method seems to be on the way out, superseded by the faster services - just 16% of all the questioned companies still connect in this way.

Commenting on the results Rhetorik notes that UK businesses do not currently consider broadband a viable alternative to ISDN because of the slow rollout of services and lack of availability across Britain.

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Date:Aug 29, 2001
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