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A whopping 8 million users have surfed the net on their mobile phone in the first quarter of 2009

More than two thirds of UK Households have a broadband connection according to data produced by Ofcom with mobile broadband apparently accounting for a significant number of new signings.

The Ofcom report shows that broadband is present in 68 percent of UK homes in March 2009 compared to 58 percent a year earlier. Further­more, the average time spent online per day jumped from 9 minutes in 2004 to a jaw-dropping 25 minutes in 2009.

The rate of growth is expected to be sustained given the success of mobile broadband; in May 2009, more than 250,000 customers got a new mobile broadband package compared to 139,000 last year. This means that roughly one in nine households in the UK now have a mobile broadband account.

But the bulk of UK internet access is still done through fixed line because of the reli­ability, much faster speed, the fact that wireless internet allows inhouse roaming and the advantage that most fixed-line broadband packages offer ample data transfer limits.

Hence, Ofcom suggests that many customers actually use mobile broadband to complement rather than replace fixed-line broadband. A whopping 8 million users have surfed the net on their mobile phone in the first quarter of 2009, a 40 percent jump over the same period in 2008.

Further­more, the amount each household spent on average on internet services fell from £11.37 in 2007 to £10.71 in 2008. The amount almost certainly excludes line rental and might have been adjusted for inflation.