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Brits are still the world's broadband laggards, with only one in 32 online homes using high-speed Web connections.

In a survey of eleven countries by NetValue, the UK came tenth in terms of broadband usage in houses already hooked up to the Net, with 258,000 homes, or 3.1 per cent of the population, connected. It came behind France (one in 16), the US (one in nine) and Denmark, where a fifth of online households have broadband.

The top country was Korea, where 57 per cent of homes with Internet access connect via broadband - either ADSL, cable or satellite.

Younger surfers were pinpointed as early adopters of broadband, accounting for 9.1 per cent of users connecting in February (this age group made up just 6.7 per cent of modem usage). ®

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