South West becomes UK’s most wired region

The South West has joined London as the region with the most internet connected households, according to new figures from the Office of National Statistics.

South West becomes UK's most wired region

Sixty-nine per cent of households in the South West have internet access, exactly the same percentage as London. The East of England (67%), South East (65%) and Scotland (60%) make up the rest of the top five.

London does, however, remain the region with the most broadband connections, with six in ten households benefiting from high-speed connections.

At the other end of the scale, Northern Ireland, the North East and Yorks & Humber have the fewest net-connected households, with only 52% currently online.

What’s the biggest barrier to greater internet usage? Just over half of respondents said they simply didn’t have time to go online more, while a fifth blamed their lack of skills or knowledge. A futher 12% said their connection was too slow.

The survey also exposes the growing popularity of digital downloads with 15% of internet users downloading films or music, the same percentage downloading computer software and 6% accessing “electronic reading material”. In each of those categories, men were about twice as likely to be making the downloads than women.

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