Ofcom, the UK Communication Regulator has today published the seventh International Communications Market Report into the global communications market. It examines take-up, availability, price and use of broadband, landline telephone, mobiles, TV, radio and postal services.
The report reveals that the global communications sector revenues (telecoms, TV, post and radio sectors) grew in 2011 by 3.7%, reaching £1,322bn. Telecoms sectors generated the largest absolute rise in revenues in 2011, up by £31bn to £936bn. In terms of percentage growth, television revenues grew fastest among the communications industries, by 6.6% in 2011 to £258bn.
The report compares the UK with 16 major countries - France, Germany, Italy, the US, Canada, Japan, Australia, Spain, the Netherlands, Sweden, Ireland, Poland, Brazil, Russia, India and China.
It finds that UK consumers lead the world in using the latest TV technology to enhance their viewing experience, including accessing TV online and owning smart TVs and digital video recorders. The report also reveals that smartphones and tablets are increasingly driving website traffic, while UK consumers have broken the £1,000-a-year barrier for spending online.
- US telecoms revenues were £186bn, larger than the total communications revenues of any other country
- In 2011, communications sector revenues per head were highest in absolute terms in Australia, at £1,135
- Fixed-line voice remains relatively resilient in the UK, with the number of lines per 100 people higher than in the other markets covered
- Broadband connections per 100 households among the countries surveyed is highest in France at 81, with the UK in second place at 77
- Spain has the highest proportion of digital television (DTV) homes per 100 TV households, with the UK in second place
- Tablet take-up among internet users is highest in Spain and Australia, with the UK in fifth place at 19%
- Watching TV is the most popular communications activity in all of the countries surveyed, with 95% of UK consumers claiming to engage in this activity on a weekly basis
- Email and voice calls on a fixed landline are widely used for communications with governments and organisations