Friday 14 December 2012
The UK has one of the highest penetrations of smartphones in the world, a new study has revealed.
Research conducted by Ofcom found that 58 per cent of British adults had such a device at the end of 2011.
In addition, 19 per cent had a tablet computer - a figure which is sure to have risen during the course of 2012 given the relative immaturity of the market.
Ofcom found that Brits are using their mobile devices to connect to the internet more than people in other countries are.
One sixth (16 per cent) of all website traffic in the UK was on a mobile, tablet or other connected device, higher than any other European nation.
Half of those surveyed (51 per cent) said they use a laptop most commonly to get online, while six per cent rely on their smartphone and six per cent on other mobile devices.
The study found that just 37 per cent now use a desktop computer as their most frequent means of accessing the internet.
"As a result, for the first time, UK consumers are downloading more data on their mobiles and tablets than any other major nation," Ofcom claimed.
"In December 2011, the average UK mobile connection used 424 megabytes of data, whether for social networking, streaming videos, web browsing or downloading music."
The media regulator said this is higher than any other major country, pushing Japan into second place (at 392 megabytes) and the US into sixth (319 megabytes).
Posted by Alex Boardman