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UK consumers better connected as digital communications grow globally

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Ofcom today published its second annual International Communications Market report.

The publication analyses trends in the £873bn global television, radio and telecommunications sectors in 2006. It compares the UK with eleven other countries: France, Germany, Italy, the Republic of Ireland, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Japan, Canada and the United States.

The report also contains an insight into four countries that are at different stages of development in their communications markets: Brazil, Russia, India and China.

Main findings

Digitally connected: UK ahead in many areas

The price of services: UK among the cheapest

The report also compares the prices of communications services for five typical household types in the UK, France, Germany, Italy and the US.

Mobiles more popular than landlines

Key trends





Ed Richards, Ofcom Chief Executive said: “The report shows that convergence, bundling and the move to digital communications is a powerful global phenomenon. It’s important to understand international comparisons so Ofcom can develop better policies to serve the interests of consumers and citizens in the UK.”

The report can be found here


Notes for editors and CSEs

  1. The data in the report covers the 2006 calendar year, with additional figures from 2007 where relevant.

Video briefing

James Thickett, Director of Research, discusses the International Communications Report and explains how the UK is digitally connected.

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