Telecom regulator Oftel is set to announce that there are more than half a million mass-market broadband users in Britain--a sign that the United Kingdom could be catching up with other countries when it comes to high-speed Internet use. Oftel is expected to publish its latest statistics of Internet use within the next few days, and sources have indicated that the research will show that at least 500,000 people have broadband at home.
The figure indicates that the number of home broadband users is rising rapidly; three months ago there were only around 340,000 U.K. consumers with broadband enabled. An Oftel spokeswoman would not confirm that the regulator was about to announce the 500,000 figure. "We'd be delighted if we did manage to reach it," she said.
ZDNet U.K.'s Graeme Wearden reported from London.
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