Over-50s Lead UK Broadband Uptake

Research conducted by the UK Online Measurement Company (UKOM) suggests that broadband internet has become more widespread in the UK - and that older users now make up the majority of new surfers.

The company said that the number of people accessing the internet in the UK had risen from 36.9 million users in May 2009 to 38.8 million users in May 2010, a total increase of 5 per cent.

UKOM stated that the rise in internet usage was due to an increase in the number of people aged 50 and over who were logging on regularly. It also cited the fact that connecting to the internet has become easier and faster.

Of the 1.9 million users who accessed the internet for the first time, more than 50 per cent were aged above 50.

In a statement, James Smythe, UKOM general manager, said: "Speed of connection must also be a factor - widespread access to decent broadband speeds means that the internet is getting better at making people's lives easier."

"All age groups in the population are able to get online more easily now with less need to be technically competent, and they are clearly finding the content to keep them there."