UK Communications Market Facts and Figures

Here are all the latest facts and figures about communications in the UK today*

Internet

Number of fixed residential broadband connections in the UK

18.4 million (Q3 2011)

Proportion of adults with broadband in the UK (fixed + mobile)

76% (Q4 2011)

Proportion of adults with mobile broadband in the UK

14% (Q4 2011)

What is the market share of fixed broadband providers in the UK?

BT 27.5%, Virgin Media 21.5%, TalkTalk/AOL 19.0%, BSkyB 17.2%, Orange Home 3.7%, O2 3.3% Others 7.9%
(Q3 2011)

Average broadband speed in the UK

7.6 Mbit/s (Nov 2011)

Proportion of adults who use social networking sites

51%

Proportion of people who use their mobile handset to access the internet

34%

Number of mobile broadband (Dongles/PC datacard) subscriptions

5.0 million (Q3 2011)

Landline/mobile phones

Number of residential fixed landlines in the UK

23.8 million (Q3 2011)

Number of fixed landlines in the UK, including ISDN channels

33.2 million fixed lines (Q3 2011)

What is the market share of fixed line providers in the UK?

BT 48.2%, Virgin Media 14.7%, others 37.1%. (Q3 2011)

Proportion of adults who personally own/use a mobile phone in the UK

91% (Q4 2011)

Proportion of adults who live in a home that has a mobile phone but no landline phone in the UK

13% (Q4 2011)

How many mobile subscriptions in the UK?

81.4% (Q3 2011)

What percentage of mobile subscriptions in the UK are postpaid/contract?

48% (Q3 2011)

Number of text messages sent per mobile subscription per month

154 (Q3 2011)

Digital television

Number of UK homes with digital TV

94% (Q4 2011)

Number of TVs in the UK

60m (end 2011)

Claimed take-up of HD TV service

42% (Q3 2011)

Number of minutes of TV people aged 4+ watch each day

242 (all viewers 4+, average in 2011)

Proportion of UK homes with Freeview on any set

50% (Q4 2011)

Proportion of UK homes with Freeview on their main set

35% (Q4 2011)

Digital radio

Proportion of households with access to a DAB Digital Radio

40% (Q4 2011)

Proportion of listener hours through a digital platform (DAB, online, DTV)

29% (Q4 2011)

Number of local radio stations (excluding community stations)

344 (July 2011)

Number of national radio stations (Analogue and DAB)

21 (July 2011)

 

* Source: Ofcom