The UK is ahead in many areas of digital connectivity and the price of services is often relatively cheap compared to those in other developed nations.
According to a new report from communications regulator Ofcom, mobile communications are driving much of the sector's growth, accounting for 53 per cent of total telecoms revenues, with 402 million landlines and 634 million mobile connections worldwide by the end of last year.
The report suggests that 'bundling', or purchasing services from the same operator, can often provide better value for money than buying them separately, while accessing the internet from mobile phones is rapidly growing in popularity.
Comparing the UK with eleven other countries, including France, Ireland, Poland, Sweden, Japan and the United States, the second annual International Communications Market report notes that the growth of multichannel television was highest in Britain last year than any other nation, up from 20 per cent in 2005 to 33 per cent in 2006.
The global television, radio and telecommunications sector was worth an estimated £873 billion a year and broadband is the fastest growing communications sector, with the total number of broadband connections soaring by more than 600 per cent between 2001 and 2006.
Ofcom has published its latest annual report into BT Group's compliance with undertakings agreed with the regulator in 2005, revealing that the telecoms provider is making good progress and outlining areas where further action can offer benefits to UK consumers.
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