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Internet Usage Statistics:
48,755,000 Internet users as of June/09, 79.8% of the population, according to Nielsen Online.

Latest Population Estimate:
61,113,205 population for 2009, according to US Census Bureau.

Gross National Income:
GNI per capita is US$ 42,740 ('07) according to World Bank.

Country Size (Area):
The UK has 244,140 sq km - Population density is 250 persons per sq km.

Internet Usage and Population Statistics:




% Pop.

Usage Source




26.2 %





59.8 %

Nielsen Net//Ratings




63.8 %





79.8 %

Nielsen Online

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United Kingdom Telecommunications Market Reports

United Kingdom Broadband Market - Overview & Statistics report
The UK has an excellent broadband infrastructure, with DSL reaching 99.9% of the population and cable reaching more than half of all households. The market is fiercely competitive, largely as a result of regulatory measure to provide competitor access to British Telecom’s exchanges. In recent years broadband has been characterised by falling prices and a migration to higher speed services: 8Mb/s DSL is available in most areas of the country while Virgin Media is moving to a 50Mb/s service and BT has plans for a FttC/VDSL service covering 40% of the population. This report profiles the overall UK broadband market in 2009, covering broadband technologies and including the latest statistics, an update on recent commercial initiatives, an assessment of the September 2008 report on Next Generation Access, and forecasts to 2018.
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United Kingdom Broadband and Wireless Overview report
Wireless broadband encompasses a wide variety of technologies and services. FWA, WLAN, WiFi and Bluetooth are technologies which facilitate data exchanges without wires, cables and other fixed infrastructures. WiFi hotspots provided buy commercial players have proliferated in recent years, while a growing number of cities have also developed large-scale WiFi/WiMAX zones. This report provides statistics and data for the UK’s wireless broadband market in 2008, reviewing recent developments in WiFi and WLAN infrastructure and satellite broadband. It also reviews the status of the key market players and spectrum licensing, and looks ahead to opportunities for coming years.
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United Kingdom Convergence, Triple Play and Digital TV Report
The UK remains at the forefront of media convergence in Europe. The country’s universal DSL and extensive cable networks have been extensively upgraded and provide an excellent delivery platform for triple play and emerging quad play services. The digital broadcasting industry, including satellite, digital cable, digital terrestrial and IPTV services, is well-established. The UK has the highest level of digital TV penetration in Europe, with a substantial multichannel environment. This report examines the UK’s markets for triple play and convergent services in 2008, including developments in Video-on-Demand, IPTV and VoIP. It also assesses the UK’s broadcasting markets, providing statistics and analysis on the closing analogue FTA environment and the pay TV and cable sectors.
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United Kingdom Key Telecom Market Statistics and Regulatory Overview
The UK’s telecom market is one of the largest in Europe. Mobile and broadband penetration are comfortably ahead of the European average, while the country is a leader in digital TV take-up. Considerable competitive pressure has reduced consumer prices in all sectors, while network capabilities have been greatly expanded following recent investments by British Telecom and Virgin Media in Next Generation Networks. This report analyses the key aspects of the UK’s telecom market in 2008, presenting statistics on the fixed network services sector and an overview of the key regulatory issues including the status of interconnection, Local Loop Unbundling, and carrier preselection. The report reviews the major fixed network telecom operators in the UK, examines the status of fixed network voice services, and assesses the market impact of BT Openreach.
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United Kingdom Mobile Market, 3G, Mobile Data and Forecasts
The UK’s 3G and mobile data market is one of the largest in Europe. Competition among network operators has induced them to provide similar pricing and usage models, commonly including between 3GB and 10GB per month. This has substantially increased consumer use of mobile data, but high charges for extra usage remains burdensome. Low-key data applications such as SMS dominate the market while mobile TV, though widely available, has thus far failed to capture public attention. This report surveys the UK’s mobile data market in 2009, providing an overview of 3G developments, regulatory issues and technologies. It also profiles the major operators, presents statistics on non-voice services, and analyses developments in mobile TV and mobile portals.
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United Kingdom Mobile Market Overview, Statistics and Forecasts
The UK has one of the largest mobile markets in Europe, both in revenue and in the number of subscribers. It is served by five major providers which have all launched 3G services, as well as by a growing number of low-cost MVNOs. The market is characterised by new developments in advanced data services such as mobile TV, the bundling of mobile as a quad-play service, and regulatory controls on charges and fees. Mobile penetration is above the EU average, yet subscriber growth remains strong as consumers adopt additional SIMs as well as business-oriented devices such as the BlackBerry, iPhone and G1. Fierce competition has forced operators to concentrate on packaging service bundles and line service promotions, and explore applications such as mobile searching and advertising facilities. ARPU has been relatively stable for all operators, with growing mobile data use offsetting lower voice, interconnection and roaming tariffs. This report surveys the UKs mobile market in 2009, providing an overview of mobile statistics, regulatory issues and technologies. It also profiles the major operators and MVNOs, and looks ahead to mobile developments in coming years.
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United Kingdom Internet Usage and Broadband

June, 2004

Internet access

" 59% of UK homes have a PC

" 52% of homes (around 12.8 million) have Internet access

" 68% of small businesses have Internet access


" 3.2 million broadband connections

" 1.82 million DSL connections

" 1.36 million cable modem connections

" 12% of homes have broadband

" DSL is available to 85% of UK homes and businesses


‘Dial-up’ or ‘narrowband’ Internet access is used in this brief for access speeds up to and including 128 kilobits per second (kbps).

'Broadband' is used in this brief to refer to higher bandwidth, always-on services, offering data rates of 128 kbps and above.

This definition of broadband is used by Ofcom for the purposes of measuring take-up in order to capture the dynamic range of services available to residential and business consumers that are classed by the industry as broadband. This definition gives Ofcom data that is comparable with broadband take-up figures published by other countries in Europe.

Source: Ofcom Research, January 2004

Update, June 18, 2004

Latest official figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) indicate that subscriptions to the Net have grown almost 10%, with more net users switching to broadband.

Subscriptions for dial-up and broadband Internet connections continued to show opposing patterns of annual growth. The year on year decrease to April 2004 was 6.8% for dial-up connections with a decrease of 1.9% from March 2004 to April 2004. There was a year on year increase of 101.1% for broadband connections with a monthly increase of 6.1%.

Broadband now accounts for 27.2% of Internet connections, up 2.5% on the previous month and up 14.5% on a year ago. Dial-up subscriptions saw a 6.8% year-on-year decrease.

Increased competition between broadband providers has resulted in a "gold rush" for consumers, with competition giving more choice and cheaper deals.

More people in the UK can now access broadband. BT's latest stats are that 96% of customers are within range of broadband access, with a target of 99.6% for the summer of 2005.

June 2 2004: Broadband and DTV on the rise says Ofcom

June 2 2004: BT launches satellite broadband service

UK Households with home access to the Internet, 1998-2004
In the second quarter of 2004, 52 per cent of households in the UK (12.8 million) could access the Internet from home, compared with just 9 per cent (2.2 million) in the same quarter of 1998. For 2008 detailed information
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United Kingdom Profile:
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is a highly developed constitutional monarchy comprised of Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) and Northern Ireland. Gibraltar is a United Kingdom Overseas Territory bordering Spain and located at the southernmost tip of Europe at the entrance to the Mediterranean Sea. It is one of thirteen former British colonies that have elected to continue their political links with London.

Additional Information on UK Territories
Links to the Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies of the United Kingdom:
British Indian Ocean Territory
British Virgin Islands
Cayman Islands
Channel Islands: Jersey and Guernsey
Falkland Islands
Isle of Man
Pitcairn Island
St. Helena
South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
Turks and Caicos Islands.

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