Irish still internet-shy, depite millions spent on broadband
Despite a £56m investment and its status as the test bed for BT’s next generation broadband roll-out, Northern Ireland remains the laggard in terms of internet use, the Office of National Statistics reports.
This represents no change in 18 months from Ofcom’s findings then.
The ONS says London had the highest proportion of internet users, with 90% of adults reporting that they had used the internet. In contrast only 79% of adults in Northern Ireland reported that they had ever used the internet. Dumfries and Galloway contains the highest proportion of people (29%) who have never gone online.
More than 659,000 people went online for the first time in the past year, more than a quarter of a million in 1Q14. Some 99% of people with a weekly income above £500 are regular users.
There are a host of other figures and graphs in the ONS’s excellent report on internet use for 1Q14.Peruse them at your leisure.
In a welcome move, it has also made an animated map that shows how internet usage has spread since 2011.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t say what upload and download speeds they receive. Nor does it say whether users’s primary access is via fixed line or mobile. Hopefully these little omissions will be corrected in future reports.