The Communications Market 2014 (August)
This is Ofcom’s eleventh annual Communications Market report. This supports Ofcom’s regulatory goal to research markets and to remain at the forefront of technological understanding.
On average viewers watched 3 hours 52 minutes of TV per day in 2013, down by 9 minutes from 2012.
It was the first time since 2009 that TV viewing has fallen below 4 hours per day.
The UK TV industry generated £12.9bn in revenue in 2013, up by £426m (3.4%) on 2012.
Spend on content by all UK TV channels in 2013 increased by 3.7% to £5.8bn. The increase was driven by higher spending by sports channels.
Some 90.4% of the adult population tuned into radio in 2013.
Over the past six years the reach of radio has remained largely unchanged.
Average time spent listening to radio per listener fell in 2013 by 6 minutes per day. The decline among those aged 15-24 and 24-34 has been the most rapid, but there are now signs of a reduction in listening hours among those aged between 55 and 64.
The number of superfast broadband connections increased by 58% to 6.1 million in the year to March 2014.
The proportion of all fixed broadband connections that were classed as being superfast increased by 9.2 percentage points to 26.7% over the same period.
4G services are now available on all four UK national mobile networks, and by March 2014 there were more than 6 million 4G mobile subscriptions.
The number of adults with household internet access grew to 82%, a rise of two percentage points from March 2013.
Fixed broadband increased by one percentage point to 73% in the first quarter of 2014, while mobile broadband rose three percentage points to 8% of UK households.
Music streaming is more popular than MP3s and music CDs among people aged 16 to 24.
Addressed mail volumes fell by 5.0% between 2012 and 2013 from 15.5 billion items to 14.8 billion items. There are now 5.8 billion fewer items in the market than in 2008.
For the first time since its introduction in 2004, the volume of access mail declined in 2013, falling by 0.6%. Access mail is mail that companies other than Royal Mail collect, sort and transport from bulk senders before handing it to Royal Mail for final delivery. In 2013, 49% of mail volume came from access agreements.
Mail revenue increased for the third consecutive year, growing by 2.9% in 2013 to reach £7.5bn.