A report published this week by Britain's Office of National Statistics shows that 64% of all internet connections are via broadband, compared to just one per cent when data compiling began in 2001.

The ONS says the total number of internet connections grew by only 5.6% between December 2004 and December 2005. But over the same twelve months, broadband grew by 59% while dialup fell by 34%.

Comments Blair Wadman, of the comparison service uSwitch.com: "We expect dialup services to become almost obsolete by the end of the year as more internet users switch to broadband to access video or other content reliant on a high-speed connection."

He adds: "We fully expect a further price war before the summer as a result of mergers, acquisitions and local loop unbundling which could result in broadband connections being widely available for less than £10 ($17; €14) a month."

Data sourced from BBC Online; additional content by WARC staff