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The shape of the Internet landscape in the UK has changed little in recent months, according to the latest research from Oftel.

Just under half of UK households have Net access with unmetered packages remaining the most popular form of getting online.

On average people spend around nine hours online each week - an increase of an hour compared to August 2001.

And broadband use remains at around just 3 per cent, although it should be noted that these figures were compiled in February before the recent shake-up in ADSL pricing and availability.

That said, the research points out that awareness of broadband is on the increase, which is an essential precondition if broadband is to make it into the mass-market.

Elsewhere, Freeserve retains the number one spot among ISPs although its market share remains unchanged at 21 per cent of household Net access.

BT is in second place accounting for 20 per cent of Net access in UK homes - up four points compared to November 2001.

And AOL UK hangs on to its third place moving up two points to 17 per cent.

Together they make up the big three in the UK.

NTL is the fourth biggest ISP with 11 per cent of connections followed by Telewest with 3 per cent.

The full report, Consumers' use of the Internet - Oftel residential survey Q8 February 2002 can be read here ®

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