Significant rise in smartphone ownership in Northern Ireland

Take-up of fixed telephony dropped by four percentage points to 80% in Northern Ireland in the year to Q1 2012, when it was four percentage points lower than the UK average of 84% (Figure 5.7).

However, personal ownership of mobile telephony in Northern Ireland was among the highest in the UK at 93% in Q1 2012. Furthermore, 34% of all adults in Northern Ireland owned a smartphone handset (equivalent to 37% of mobile phone users), and although this was below the UK average of 39% of adults, it represented a significant increase from the previous year’s figure of 21%.