Facts & figures

Internet 2014 2015 2016 Source Review period
Average time spent per month browsing online on PCs or laptops N/A N/A - due to methodological changes between 2015 and 2016 data is not comparable 30 hours 42 minutes (March 2016) CMR Annual
Number of UK fixed residential & SME broadband lines 22.8 million (end 2013) 23.7 million (end 2014) 24.7 million
(end 2015)
CMR Annual
Proportion of adults with broadband in the UK (fixed & mobile) 77% (Q1 2014) 80% (Q1 2015) 81% (Q1 2016) Tech Tracker Half-yearly
Market shares of fixed broadband providers in the UK BT 31%
Virgin Media 20%
TalkTalk 16%
Sky 21%
EE 3%
Others 9%
(End of 2013)
BT 32%
Virgin Media 20%
TalkTalk 14%
Sky 22%
EE 4%
Others 8%
(End of 2014)
BT 32%
Virgin Media 19%
TalkTalk 13%
Sky 23%
EE 4%
Others 8%
(End of 2015)
CMR Annual
Superfast fixed broadband take-up (excluding leased lines) 32% (end 2014) 42% (end 2015) N/A (no data until later this year) Fixed BB performance report (Nov) Annual
Superfast fixed broadband lines 5.3 million (end of 2013) 7.1million (end of 2014) 9.2 million (end of 2015) ISPs Quarterly
Average UK broadband speed 22.8Mbit/s (Nov 2014) 28.9Mbit/s (Nov 2015) N/A (no data until later this year) Fixed BB performance report (Nov) Annual
Proportion of online adults who use social networking sites 66% (2013) 72% (2014) 73% (2015) Media Literacy Tracker Half-yearly
Proportion of people who use their mobile handset to access the internet 57% (Q1 2014) 61% (Q1 2015) 66% (Q1 2016) Tech Tracker Half-yearly
TV 2014 2015 2016 Source Review period
Proportion of UK homes with a working TV (source: BARB Establishment Survey) 95% (Q4 2013) 93% (Q4 2014)  95% (Q4 2015)
(Note: there was a methodology change in Q4 2015)
BARB Quarterly
Number of minutes of TV people aged 4+ watch each day 232 minutes/ 3 hours 52 minutes (2013 average) 220 minutes/ 3 hours and 40 minutes (2014 average) 216 minutes / 3 hours and 36 minutes (2015 average) BARB Quarterly
Landline/Mobile 2014 2015 2016 Source Review period
Number of UK residential fixed landlines 25 million (end of 2013) 25.5m (end of 2014) 25.6m (end of 2015) ISPs Quarterly
Number of fixed landlines in the UK (including ISDN channels) 33.3 million (end of 2013) 33.2m (end of 2014) 33.2m (end of 2015) ISPs Quarterly
Market shares of fixed line providers in the UK BT 37% (end of 2013)
Virgin Media 12% (end of 2013)
Others 51% (end of 2013)
BT 37% (end of 2014)
Virgin Media 13% (end of 2014)
Others 50% (end of 2014)
BT 37% (end of 2015)
Virgin Media 13% (end of 2015)
Others 50% (end of 2015)
CMR Annual
Proportion of adults who personally own/use a mobile phone in the UK 93% (Q1 2014) 93% (Q1 2015) 93% (Q1 2016) Tech Tracker Half-yearly
Proportion of UK adults with a smartphone 61% (Q1 2014) 66% (Q1 2015) 71% (Q1 2016) Tech Tracker Half-yearly
Proportion of adults who live in a mobile-only home 16% (Q1 2014) 15% (Q1 2015) 14% (Q1 2016) Tech Tracker Half-yearly
Number of UK mobile subscriptions (including M2M) 88.4 million (end of 2013) 89.9m (end of 2014) 91.5m (end of 2015) MNOs Quarterly
Number of 4G mobile subscriptions 2.7 million (end of 2013) 23.6 million (end of 2014) 39.5 million (end of 2015) CMR Annual
Average number of SMS and MMS sent per mobile handset subscription per month 139 (2013) 115 (2014) 107 (2015) MNOs Quarterly
Radio 2014 2015 2016 Source Review period
Proportion of radio listeners with a DAB radio in their household 48% (Q1 2014) 49% (Q1 2015) 55.7% (Q1 2016) RAJAR Quarterly
Proportion of listener hours through a digital platform (DAB, online, DTV) 37% (Q1 2014) 40% (Q1 2015)  44.1% (Q1 2016) RAJAR Quarterly
Number of radio stations on analogue (excluding community stations) 338 (May 2014) 340 (May 2015)  337 (May 2016) CMR Annual
Number of national radio stations (analogue and DAB) 25 (May 2014) 25 (May 2015)  41 (May 2016) CMR Annual
Post 2014 2015 2016 Source Review period
Addressed letter revenue £4.2 billion (2013) £4.3 billion (2014) £4.2 billion (2015) CMR Annual
Addressed letter volume 12.9 billion items (2013) 12.7 billion items (2014) 12.2 billion items (2015) CMR Annual

 

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