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Levels of mobile use were lower than average in Scotland in Q1 2012

Figure 5.7 compares the take-up of communications services in Scotland and the other UK nations in Q1 2012 to the UK average.

While the proportion of homes which used fixed telephony services in Scotland (82%) was in line with the other UK nations during this period, the proportion of people who owned a mobile phone (85%) was lower that the UK average of 92%. As is the case across the UK, the proportion of adults using a smartphone increased significantly in Scotland in the year to Q1 2011 (up from 21% to 32%), but this was lower than the UK average (39%).

As discussed in Section 2.4, broadband take-up in Scotland has increased in the past year and tablet computers have been purchased by one in ten adults.

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