Digital Transformation

Over half UK adults own a smart phone and a quarter own a tablet device Ofcom report finds

By Stephen Lepitak | -

August 1, 2013 | 3 min read

Ofcom’s annual Communications Market Report has found that over half of UK adults now owned a smartphone and that a quarter possessed a tablet device, meaning a decline in UK telecoms revenue.

The report also indicated that the living room is seeing a resurgence as the place within the household where most families now watch television, while UK telecom revenue witnessed a decline.

The report in the UK’s media consumption habits have revealed that the total revenue received by UK telecoms decreased by 1.8 per cent during 2012 to £38.8bn as the growth in mobile uptake continued.

Just under a fifth of UK fixed broadband connection were superfast broadband by the end of March, with subscriptions having doubled in the space of nine months to reach 3.8 million.

80 per cent of UK adults now posses access to the internet through either a fixed connection or mobile handset, with 51 per cent of UK adults now owning a smartphone, and one in four possessing a tablet device.

Also revealed was that 91 per cent of adults watched the TV in their living rooms once a week, while the total UK radio industry revenue increased by 2.8 per cent to reach £1.19bn last year.

The revenue for UK postal deliverers also increased by seven per cent to £7.2nm in 2012.

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