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|Broadband Breaks Two Million Barrier|
- High speed connections on the rise, reports Oftel
BRITAIN has passed the two million barrier for broadband connections, according to new government figures.
"It took two years to reach one million connections but only seven months to reach two million, as increased competition and lower prices have boosted connection rates," said David Edmonds, of the government's telecoms body Oftel.
With new broadband connections now running at 35,000 a week and rising, officials can see the three million mark reached by early 2004. Prime Minister Tony Blair made it an early target of this parliament for Britain to become the leading country for broadband by 2005 after it emerged that countries like Germany and Sweden had taken an early lead in the race.