4G accounting for majority of UK internet connections

4G accounting for majority of UK internet connections

A third of Brits now view their mobile device as being most important for getting online, with greater access to 4G found to be one of the main drivers.

That is the main finding from a recent report by industry regulator Ofcom, which concluded that the use of mobile devices in getting online was up ten per cent on last year's figure.

The rise in internet connections from mobile devices has coincided with a substantial rise in the number of people owning smartphone devices from 39 per cent of two-thirds.

The amount of time spent on these devices has also increased to one hour and 54 minutes per day.

Jane Rumble, director of market intelligence at Ofcom, said the report signalled a notable shift in the way Brits get themselves online.

She said: “You can see these devices are becoming more and more an important vital hub of information and communication throughout the day, with smartphone owners spending almost two hours (on them) each day, almost double the amount of time that those people are spending on their laptop or desktop."

Unsurprisingly the group favouring mobile devices the most were those of the younger generation, with Ms Rumble adding that many within this age group were likely to overlook using their laptop or PC – both of which were still highly valued by adults aged 55 to 64.

However, the report hinted that even members of the older generation may soon be taken in by the mobile revolution, adding a further blow to the use of laptops and desktops, with the latter now accounting for just 14 per cent of internet use within the UK.

Half of the adults in this group said they now owned a smartphone, meaning that it may not be long until the gap widens even further.

Another key driver could be the ever-increasing popularity of flexible working, which has seen any remaining shackles further loosened by 4G, with workers now not requiring a fixed internet connection to enjoy broadband speeds.