UK digital divide narrows: latest Ofcom report out

The digital divide between UK nations is narrowing, according to Ofcom's lastest report out today. Some of the key points catching WebTwitcher's eye in the report include:

The proportion of UK households able to receive competitive broadband and phone services through local loop unbundling (LLU) increased by 27 percentage points over the year from 40% at the end of 2005 to 67% at the end of the 2006. Almost all premises in the UK are now connected to a DSL enabled exchange.

Service satisfaction levels also appear to be encouragingly high - 91% are "very" or "fairly" satisfied with their mobile operator, 90% with their fixed line provider and 87% with their internet provider.

Interesting to note that the average household mobile spend is greater than that of fixed line and internet spend combined. A sure thing if your household contains a proportion of today's yoof...

The other statistic that caught WebTwitcher's eye was that 77% of SMEs (small and medium sized enterprises) in the UK now use the internet. Sounds like a positive stat when viewed quickly, but on second thoughts it actually means there are 23% still not online. That's almost a quarter.

See the report in full here (it's a PDF document) or visit Ofcom's website for more information.


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