Half the UK population remains offline, according to the latest research from telecoms watchdog Oftel.

The regulator has found that net take-up is levelling off, despite a huge increase in the uptake of broadband.

Much of the interest in high-speed net services seems to be coming from people who already have a dial-up connection.

In the past year overall figures for both dial-up and broadband net access at home have remained at around 42% of the population in the UK, according to Oftel.