Figures released by BT reveal that Oxfordshire has the third highest take-up of ADSL broadband of any English county. Just over 45 per cent of the county’s homes and businesses are now connected to the high-speed technology.
Somerset and Cornwall lead the BT take up table.
In Oxfordshire, there are now more than 125,000 ADSL broadband connections.
The South East as a whole is also one of the most ‘switched on’ English regions with a penetration for ADSL broadband of more than 36 per cent – well ahead of the national average of 30.3 per cent.
Mike Galvin, BT South East regional director, said: “Broadband is an important strategic service for homes and businesses because it offers a platform for a new era of value-added services.
“The success of broadband is a demonstration of the innovative nature of the businesses and people in these areas, who are using technology to overcome distance and transform their lives both at home and at work.
“Broadband is making a major contribution to the economic success of local communities across the South East as businesses use it to find new markets and work more efficiently, whilst households capitalise on the limitless abilities of the internet for education, entertainment and shopping.”
BT now has more than 1,400,000 wholesale broadband connections in the South East and more than 8.8 million across the UK, smashing its initial target of five million connections by the end of 2006.