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The transformation of Britain's internet network from dial-up to broadband is continuing, figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) reveal.

According to the latest statistics, nearly 19 in every 20 connections in the country now function via broadband.

A survey conducted in September with the co-operation of internet service providers (ISP) found that 94.1 per cent of connections in the UK are broadband-based - this number is up from 92.8 per cent in June.

Analysing the figures, the ONS observed that the healthy state of the market in the UK could be a big factor in the continued growth of broadband.

The independent body said in a statement: "The market share of broadband connections has been increasing since the index began in 2001, reflecting its continuing popularity, widespread availability and increasingly competitive connection packages."

Dial-up connections were down to just 5.9 per cent, from 7.2 per cent in June.

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