It's a broadband Britain with most households opting for the technology, new research from the UK National Statistics Office reveals.

Its figures show that in December 2005, broadband connections formed 64.2 per cent of all internet connections, up from 62.3 per cent in November 2005.

They also show a 5.6 per cent increase in the total number of active internet subscriptions between December 2004 and 2005, though there was a 0.1 per cent decrease between November and December 2005.

Dial-up is declining, capturing just 35.8 per cent of the UK market, the figures show.

In January 2001, when the Office of National Statistics began gathering this data, broadband accounted for under 1 per cent of connections.

Industry analysts cited by the BBC predict a price war in the broadband market.

Blair Wadman, of the comparison service, told the BBC: "We fully expect a further price war before the summer as a result of mergers, acquisitions and local loop unbundling, which could result in broadband connections being widely available for less than £10 a month."