This is one for the dedicated data-hogs rather than the casual beach reader, but UK super-mega-regulator OFCOM has just released its comprehensive UK market overview for 2004, and a cursory glance shows it to be packed with interesting graphics and data covering the telecoms, radio and television markets. The full document is here http://www.ofcom.org.uk/research/industry_market_research/m_i_index/cm/cmpdf/cm_2004.pdf.
Interesting headlines from our perspective:
- Real household expenditure on communications and media services now accounts for 4% of the total, up from 2.9% in 1999.
- Net weekly adds to broadband services are now pushing the 50,000 mark, up from 40,000 at the end of 2003, and OFCOM is observing that a greater proportion of those signing up are first time internet users, rather than merely narrowband migrants.
- 86% of UK households now contain at least one mobile phone.
- 21% of consumers identify their mobile phone as their primary means of telephony (up from 17% just two years ago), and 20m mobile users make a conscious choice at least once a week to make a call over a mobile phone which they could just as easily make on a fixed line.