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At a glance: UK digital boom
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Digital content and delivery is changing our habits
The growth of broadband and the internet, mobile phones and MP3 players are revolutionising how Britons spend their time, according to a report by regulator Ofcom.

Here are some of the key findings from the annual report:



  • Internet use is rising. The average user spent 36 minutes online in 2006 - up 158% on 2002 figures.
  • 52% of children regularly surf the net, up from 47% in 2005.
  • Internet users in the 24 - 34 age group are more likely to be women (55% of users) than men.
  • Over-65s users spend more time on the web - 42 hours per month - than any other age group. But the total number of over 65 internet users is just 16%.
  • Fewer children playing video and computer games - 53% regularly play in 2007, down from 61% in 2005.
  • The internet is replacing conventional phones. The number of consumers phoning online in 2006 stood at 20%, up from 14% in 2005.
  • Graph showing internet use by age


  • More houses have a mobile connection (93%) than a fixed line connection (90%) for the first time.
  • Mobile vs Fixed Line graph

  • Mobile phone calls now account for one-third of all phone calls.
  • Mobile phones have a wide array of uses: 41% of mobile phone owners use their phone as a digital camera, 21% to play computer games, 13% to access the internet, 10% to listen to the radio.
  • Consumers are getting more from communications services but paying less. The average household spent 92.65 per month on communications services in 2006, down from 94.03 in 2005.

  • More than 80% of households now have access to digital TV.
  • 8.4 million homes now use Freeview, up 31% year-on-year.
  • The average viewer watches 3 hours and 36 minutes per week, down 4% on 2002.
  • 93% of children aged 8-15 watch TV almost every day.
  • Graph - children and the media


  • Britons listen to 2 hours 50 minutes of radio a week on average - down 4% on 2002 figures. The biggest decline was in 25-34 year olds (down 17.3%), but over 55s are listening to more radio (up 5.5%)
  • The BBC share of radio listening rose from 53% in 2002 to 56% in the first quarter of 2007.
  • The British public is exploring new ways to listen to the radio: 41% listen through digital TV, 24% listen over the internet, 8% use their mobile phones.
  • 5% of radio listeners regularly use podcast services.

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