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Telecommunications Report United Kingdom 1st Quarter

  • ID: 4465666
  • Report
  • February 2019
  • Region: United Kingdom
  • 11 Pages
  • The Economist Intelligence Unit
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Mobile telephony accounts for the majority of telecommunications con-nections in the UK. The mobile-phone penetration rate has fallen slightly in recent years, from a peak in 2014, and this trend is expected to continue amid a largely saturated market. Mobile subscriptions will rise at an annual average rate of 0.7% per year in the forecast period (2019-23). Growth will be driven in part by an increase in machine-to-machine (M2M) connections. According to Ofcom, the UK's communications regulator, telecommunications revenue fell by 1% in 2017, to £35.6bn (US$47bn).

The fixed-line telecoms market has declined in importance since 2000, and the penetration rate is forecast to remain broadly stable, increasing from 53.5% in 2018 to 54.2% by 2023. The Economist Intelligence Unit estimates that there were 40 broadband subscriptions per 100 people in 2018, with total internet penetration at more than 97% of the population. We forecast a gradual rise, to 44.3 broadband subscriptions per 100 people by 2023.

In March 2017 the government unveiled a national digital strategy that aims to complete rollout of fourth-generation (4G) technology by 2020, along with £1bn in spending for fifth-generation (5G) technology and further fibre broadband deployment. In April 2018 the government announced modest investments of £1bn in developing artificial intelligence (AI), comprised of public funds and input from private enterprises.

Industry List: Connected devices, Telecommunications, Fixed, Telecommunications, Internet, Telecommunications, Mobile, Telecommunications, Telecommunications
Industry Codes (NAIC): 517
Industry Codes (SIC): 48
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Telecommunications Report United Kingdom 1st Quarter

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