The Communications Market 2010 (August)
This is Ofcom’s seventh annual Communications Market report. This supports Ofcom’s regulatory goal to research markets and to remain at the forefront of technological understanding.
Watching TV remains the activity that most adults would miss the most.
Nearly a quarter of people (22 per cent) say they have bought a HD-ready TV set in the last 12 months.
Some 31 per cent of households with internet access used it to watch online catch-up TV - up 8 percentage points over the year.
The proportion of time-shifted television viewing has more than tripled since 2006, from 1.7 per cent to 5.9 per cent.
People listen to 20.1 hours of radio per week.
Some 35 per cent of people own at least one DAB digital radio.
Total listening hours to all BBC Radio stations were down by 1.2 per cent during 2009 and down 2.2 per cent on five years previously.
All commercial radio listener hours were stable in the year but down 10.1 per cent over five years.
Consumers sent a record number of texts (over 100 billion) in 2009 equivalent to 1700 for every person in the UK.
Data volumes over mobile networks increased by 240 per cent in 2009.
Over a quarter of people in the UK (26.5 per cent) said they have a smartphone, more than double the number two years ago.
Nearly a quarter of adults (23 per cent) accessed content or sent emails on their mobile phones.
Broadband take-up has now reached 71 per cent.
Some 37 per cent of over 55s use email each day and 47 per cent use it weekly.
Social networking accounts for nearly a quarter of all time spent on the internet.
The average Facebook user spent 6.5 hours on the site during May 2010.
Usage of instant messaging declined from 14 per cent to 5 per cent.