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93% in NI now have a mobile phone

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Ofcom released their new research on Thursday

Ninety-three per cent of people in Northern Ireland now have a mobile phone, according to new Ofcom research.

This is 4% higher than the average for the rest of the UK (89%) and up by 8% from last year (85%).

People in NI are more likely to use their mobile as their primary means of telecommunication (52%) than elsewhere in the UK (38%).

Researchers also found that 89% of households in NI now have some form of digital TV.

The figure is up by 10% from last year (79%) and is similar to the rest of the UK (90%).

Growth in digital TV was highest in rural areas of NI, up from 74% to 91% in the last 12 months.

Denis Wolinski, Ofcom's director in NI, said: "Northern Ireland now leads the UK for mobile use.

"We're also more likely here to own one and more likely to use it than our home phone.

"It's also good to see that Northern Ireland has closed the gap this year on the rest of the UK for the take up of broadband and digital TV, with rural areas leading the way."

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