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Some 95 per cent of UK businesses had a broadband connection at the end of last year, figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) indicate.

The agency's latest E-Commerce and ICT Activity study - which used figures collected at the end of 2012 - revealed that a total of 96 per cent had access to the internet, when other technologies such as dial-up were also considered.

Some 85.5 per cent of business broadband customers continued to use DSL connections, despite the wider availability of super-fast fibre broadband lines.

The ONS also shed light on the download speeds available to UK business broadband customers.

Some ten per cent had access to speeds of between 30Mb and 100Mb, up from seven per cent the previous year.

A small minority (six per cent) had access to a connection offering speeds in advance of 100Mb, however eight per cent were continuing to struggle with a sub-2Mb line.

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