Other interesting findings from this report include (data is as at Q1 2012, with comparisons to Q1 2011 unless otherwise specified):
- Total internet access has edged up to 8 in 10 homes (which is partly attributed to the rise in smartphone ownership, now at 39%).
- Each UK household on average owns 3 different internet-enabled devices.
- Consumption of mobile data more than doubled in the 18 months to January 2012.
- The number of SMS and MMS messages grew to an average of 200 message per person per month.
- The volume of voice calls on fixed line and mobiles phones fell.
- Q1 2012 broadband take-up increased 2% in the year to 76%. Fixed broadband take-up rose to 72% with mobile broadband decreasing to 13%. Super-fast broadband is available to 60% of UK homes at that same time.
- 11% of UK households own a tablet, compared to 5% of TV homes having a smart TV. 87% of tablet owners say they use it mostly at home.
- The percentage of households taking a bundled services (combining some or all of voice, broadband and TV) has increased from 53% to 57% over the year.
The full report covers:
- the the rise of text-based communications (pp33),
- differences in usage between older and younger users (pp49),
- tablets and e-readers (pp61),
- the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics (pp75),
- television and audio-visual content (pp113),
- radio and audio content (pp181),internet and web-based content (pp219),
- telecoms and networks (pp279), and
- post (pp359).