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45 per cent of UK Internet users have accessed the mobile web

The UK’s Office for National Statistics (ONC) has reported that almost half (45 per cent) of all Internet users have accessed the mobile web in 2011. This showed that 71% 0f 16-24 year old age group accessed the Internet via a mobile phone which should come as no surprise. This figure is up from 44 per cent in 2010. The group least likely to access the mobile web were net aged 65 or over. What is far more interesting is the fact that  4.9 million people, or 13 per cent of Internet users, connected to wireless hotspots provided in public places such as restaurants, hotels or airports.

 

Also the survey shows not surprisingly that Social Media website usage is increasing year on year especially by  younger age groups. Another concerning factor is that the disabled are not taking part in this increased usage of the internet. This is sad as it one means by which they could participate and have easy access to the internet and all it can do for them.

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Mobile broadband survey reveals UK notspots

A new BBC survey has shown that many areas of the UK are still receiving unreliable mobile broadband connections. This survey shows that there are many mobile broadband notspots still existing across the UK, which includes a number of major towns and cities. This is the most extensive conducted survey well beyond any scale seen by the mobile industry in this country or any other.

 

 It includes more than 44,000 volunteers provided data for use in the analysis,which revealed that testers were only able to receive a 3G signal 75 per cent of the time, despite operator claims of 90 per cent coverage or more. The performance  from different operators varied greatly greatly from region to region.

 

 Broadband is becoming increasingly important as tool for both businesses and households in the UK and this survey shows how patchy it can be in more rural areas. What is also interesting that there are patchy areas even in some urban areas as well. It will place the providers in a spot light and will hopefully encourage them to be a little more honest about their respective coverage. This will mean that consumers will be able to make amore informed decision as to which network suits their needs. Such transfarency can only benefit us all in the long run.

 

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BBC Android App maps UK for 3G coverage

The BBC have launched a new survey for 3g coverage across UK for all Android phone users. Its free so sign up and it will tell you what system 2G or 3G you are currently using as a % and at the end of the survey you will get a map showing cirrent3G coverage across UK. The more of use that sign up the more accurate it will be. What ahave you got to loose.

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