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The number of households with subscriptions to superfast broadband services has gone up in the last year.

According to new figures from the European Union, the proportion of UK homes with broadband speeds of at least 30Mbps has risen from 32 per cent to 36 per cent.

Data in the European Digital Progress Report also cast light on why more households are investing in faster internet connections.

Some 87 per cent of internet users go online to read the news, compared with 85 per cent a year ago.

Meanwhile, the number of households going online to use social networks has risen from 65 per cent to 71 per cent.

Online banking services are also widely used, with 63 per cent of homes managing their finances via the internet.

In addition, 57 per cent of people with a TV are using their internet connection to access on-demand services such as Netflix.

Ninety per cent of 16 to 74-year-olds in the UK were classed as internet users, which is significantly higher than the EU average of 76 per cent.

Meanwhile, 85 per cent of British households were said to have a fixed broadband connection, which again exceeds the EU average of 72 per cent.

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