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Household internet penetration in the United Kingdom (UK) 1998-2020

Following two consecutive years at 90 percent, the share of households with internet access in the United Kingdom (UK) further increased through 2019 and 2020, reaching 96 percent - the highest it has ever been.

More users gaining internet access

   Worldwide, the number of internet users rose from 1.02 billion users in 2005, to 3.9 billion users in 2018. As of 2017, China was the country with this highest number of internet users. The UK was home to 63.06 million internet users in that year.

Internet penetration rates around the world

Northern America and Northern Europe featured the highest internet penetration of any region globally, at 95 percent. Middle Africa showed the lowest levels, at just 12 percent. With regard to mobile internet, the United Arab Emirates showed the highest penetration rate, at 96 percent.

Share of households with internet access in the United Kingdom (UK) from 1998 to 2020

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Source

Release date

August 2020

Region

United Kingdom (Great Britain)

Survey time period

1998 to 2020

Number of respondents

1,800**

Special properties

households.

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

* UK estimates from 1998 to 2004. GB estimates from 2005 on.
** The Opinions and Lifestyle Survey is carried out by interviewing a nationally representative sample of households in Great Britain. About 1,800 households (2,010 from 2019) are sampled each month and estimates are subject to sampling variability, as are those from all sample surveys.

More information on the methodology can be found here.

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