Almost nine out of ten UK companies now have a business broadband connection, a new study has found.
Research conducted by the Office for National Statistics - which excluded companies with fewer than ten employees - indicated that 87 per cent of firms use a broadband line to get online.
A further four per cent of companies are accessing the internet with non-broadband technology such as dial-up, the organisation reported.
Of those businesses with broadband, 36.8 per cent of companies were found to be using dongles to access mobile broadband services.
Earlier this month, Western Mail journalist Martin Shipton claimed that a lack of high-speed broadband access is hampering the growth potential of Welsh firms.
"All manner of businesses can use what is known more prosaically as next-generation broadband to create new opportunities for themselves, regardless of where they are located," he commented.