Mobile internet use now almost 50%

Wanobe founder and CEO Dave Noble

Britain’s internet users are going mobile in ever faster numbers. According to a new study by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), 45% of people surveyed said they are going online via mobile phone data connections, compared with 31% in 2010.

Perhaps unsurprisingly the most rapid growth was among younger people, where 71% of internet-connected 16 to 24-year-olds used mobiles. Domestic internet use is also increasing. According to the ONS, 77% of households now have access to a net connection, up 4% from the previous year. There are a few Luddites, however, with 23% of the population still offline, half of them saying they “didn’t need the internet.”

The ONS survey also found a dramatic rise in the use of wifi hotspots – a seven-fold increase in the past 12 months. All findings were based on a monthly survey of 1,800 randomly selected adults from across the UK.

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About Wanobe, the business knowledge network
Writer, journalist and broadcaster, sixty-something David likes nothing better than being with family and friends, eating out and drinking great wines, and scuba diving.

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