Ofcom research published today in their "Communications Market Report" reveals the latest statistics on the British public's digital connectivity and compares findings across Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and nine English Regions.
The same reserch was carried out in previous years, so the sets of results can be compared.
Broadband internet connection was one area studied. In 2005 there was a 12% gap between the number of adults with broadband at home in Northern Ireland (lowest at 24%), Wales (25%), Scotland (31%) and England (highest at 36%).
This year’s report shows that by 2006 this gap had reduced. Take-up in England stood at 45% and in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales had reached 42%.
Digital televion is an another area where the gap between nations is reducing.
In 2005 the gap between the nations in terms of digital television take-up was even larger at 19% (Wales at 72%, England at 66%, Scotland at 60% and NI at 53%).
By 2006 this gap had reduced to 13 percentage points (Wales at 82%, England at 75%, Scotland at 76% and NI at 69%).
We've cherry-picked some other interesting findings from the report for your perusal:
People in Northern Ireland watch less television than the rest of the UK (3.3 hours per day). People in Scotland watch the most at 4.1 hours per day.
Local commercial radio attracts a larger share of listening hours in Scotland (43%) than in any other nation (UK average 32%).
The average reported monthly household spend on mobile phone services is £42.18, based on an average two mobile phones per household.
A similar proportion of people who live in rural areas (80%) own a mobile phone compared to 81% in urban areas.
There were more Wi-Fi hotspots per million people in Wales (193) than in the other UK Nations (171 in England, 125 in Scotland and 84 in NI). Wales also ranks higher than Germany, the USA and Japan.
Scotland leads the UK in making VoIP phone calls. A higher proportion of internet users in Scotland (19%) use VoIP services than in England (18%), Wales (16%) and Northern Ireland (15%).
Some 74% of people in England can now receive more competitive broadband and phone services through the growth in local loop unbundling (meaning providers other than BT), a 25% increase during 2006.
Ownership of DAB digital radio was highest in England (at 19% of homes), followed by Scotland and Wales, both at 14%. In Northern Ireland it averaged 11% in 2006.
There's much more detailed information in the report, you can read the full version by following the link below.