Broadcast News

Bookmark and Share
02/12/2010

UK Consumers Revealed As Early Adopters Of New Technologies

UK consumers are some of the earliest adopters of new communications technologies, new Ofcom research reveals.
They are among the best connected for broadband, mobile and digital TV and the UK has seen the fastest growth in smartphone take-up. UK consumers are also enjoying lower prices for communications services than many consumers across the world.
Ofcom’s fifth International Communications Market report into the global communications market looks at take-up, availability and use of broadband, landlines, mobiles, TV and radio in 17 countries.
Take-up of communications services across the world is continuing at a rapid pace, despite the global recession. Ofcom’s consumer research reveals that across the six countries it surveyed, expenditure on communications services remains resilient with people less likely to cut down on communications services, and in particular broadband (6-7 per cent), than they are on other areas such as nights out (39-56 per cent) or holidays (29-51 per cent).
UK households have comparatively high levels of take-up of communications services, with among the highest take-up of landlines, fixed broadband connections, mobile connections and digital TV at the end of 2009.
Germany has the highest landline take-up with 85 per cent of the population having a landline (84 per cent in the UK). Italy has the highest mobile take-up with 95 per cent of the population owning a mobile phone (91 per cent in the UK), and the Netherlands has the highest fixed broadband take-up (85 connections per 100 households, 70 in UK).
However the UK is behind other countries in take-up of VoIP services with only five subscribers for every 100 people, compared with 26 in France and 20 in the Netherlands. Although the UK did see an average 27 per cent annual increase in VoIP subscribers between 2006 and 2009. VoIP services tend to be more popular in countries where there is high demand for international calls or where broadband is available to consumers without the need for a landline services (also known as naked DSL).
(BMcN/GK)
Promotion Hire

Top Related Stories
Click here for the latest broadcast news stories.

10/12/2014
Griffin Communications Selects Project Parking For SGL Integration
SGL has announced a contract with Griffin Communications, owner of TV stations KOTV News On 6 (Tulsa) and KWTV/News 9 (Oklahoma City). Griffin has pur
05/12/2014
Indigo Hotel Selects Otrum IPTV Services
Otrum has been chosen by the Indigo Hotel in central Paris for its new IPTV services. Otrum's IPTV offering is a turnkey solution, currently up and ru
01/12/2014
Globecast Launches Téléfrance In The UK
Globecast have launched Téléfrance, its French television package, in the UK. The package is now available via a range of Pay TV platforms, including
28/11/2014
Sennheiser UK To Exhibit At PLASA Glasgow
Sennheiser UK is to travel to Scotland in December for the PLASA Glasgow, which is being held on the 2nd and 3rd at the SECC, Glasgow. Stand C04 will
27/11/2014
Sennheiser UK Supports Britannia Row Productions At 2014 MTV EMAs
For the 12th consecutive year, Sennheiser UK supported Britannia Row Productions in its provision of audio equipment at the 2014 MTV EMAs. The two-hou
19/11/2014
Holdan To Distribute VariCam In UK
Holdan has taken delivery of the newly launched 4K VariCam and is to support the manufacturer’s launch in the UK. Holdan has been a distribution part
17/11/2014
Production News : BFI To Bring Back Blade Runner: The Final Cut To UK Cinemas
BFI is to bring 'Blade Runner: The Final Cut to cinemas on 3rd April 2015. Adapted from Philip K. Dick's novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, R
03/12/2014
db Broadcast Enables UK DAB Roll Out
dB Broadcast is supplying its Cardinal intelligent Mains Distribution Unit (iMDU) for the UK roll out of DAB transmitter systems, being managed by Arq
22/09/2011
AETN UK Rebrands As A+E Networks UK
A joint venture between A+E Networks and BSkyB, is rebranding as A+E Networks UK. The new company name and logo is part of a rebranding that will see
17/06/2005
UK Film Council welcomes 'MOT' role for UK film production
The UK Film Council has welcomed the announcement of a ‘stocktake’ of film policy by Minister for Creative Industries, James Purnell, in a bid to see
12/05/2004
Expanded UK Film Centre promotes UK industry at Cannes
The UK Film Centre, which promotes the UK film industry in the international marketplace, will be providing an expanded range of business services in
11/03/2003
Digi-Box.co.uk appointed UK PMC distributor
Digi-Box.co.uk have been appointed as a PMC distributor in the UK. To maximise their selling potential Digi-Box have converted the basement of their S
29/07/2002
Omnitek signs Digi-Box.co.uk and launches products in UK
Test and measurement manufacturer, OmniTek, has announced that they have signed Digi-Box.co.uk to be the exclusive distributor in the UK, Ireland, Ben
08/06/2010
UK Film Industry Substantial, Report Says
The UK film industry contributes a total of over £4.5 billion a year to UK GDP and more than £1.2 billion to the Exchequer, according to an independen
24/07/2007
Film Industry Contribution To UK GDP Up 39% In 2006
The UK film industry contributed £4.3 billion to UK GDP in 2006, up from £3.1 billion in 2004, a 39% increase in two years according to an independent