Ofcom publishes the Communications Market Report: International

UK consumers are benefiting from lower priced communications services than people in other major European countries and the US, according to new Ofcom research.

Compared to French, German, Italian, Spanish and US consumers, those in the UK can take advantage of consistently cheaper access to mobile phone, landline telephone and broadband deals.

These findings are included in Ofcom’s ninth International Communications Market Report, which examines take-up, availability, price and use of communications services across the world’s major countries.

Other key market developments include:

  • The UK experienced a modest growth in television revenues in 2012, up by 1.4% or £0.2bn. Revenues among the 17 countries analysed by Ofcom increased by 3.7% in 2012 to £234bn.
  • Almost half (48%) of UK TV homes now have a HD service, 15pp above the average for all European ICMR countries (33%). The UK also has the highest ownership of digital video recorders (41% of households) among all countries included in the research.
  • UK consumers are the most likely to access TV content over the internet, with over a third (36%) of internet users claiming to do this every week.
  • UK and French households have the lowest take-up of 3D ready TV (at 9% each)
  • Four out of five (78%) UK smart TV owners have enabled their device to connect to the internet.
  • DAB take-up among radio listeners is highest in the UK. Almost half (48%) of regular radio listeners claimed ownership of a DAB digital radio set. Among our European comparator countries, Spain and Italy had the next highest take-up, with almost a fifth of radio listeners in each country claiming ownership.

James Thickett, Ofcom’s Director of Research, said: “The report confirms that consumers in the UK are benefiting from one of the world’s most price competitive marketplaces for communications services.”

The full Ofcom International Communications Market report, which compares broadband, landlines, mobiles, TV, radio and post, can be downloaded from the Ofcom website.

DTG Staff  |  12.12.2013

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