UK a nation of hi-tech TV lovers, report reveals

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.

Key findings