The mobile industry has changed significantly in recent years, in ways that have benefited us individually and contributed to UK society – reflecting rapid growth and technological advances underpinned, in part, regulation:
- mobile has become nearly ubiquitous. 84 per cent of people aged 8 or over use, or have access to, mobile services;
- mobile has become a critical input for business, with mobile communications now a vital element in an increasingly services-based economy;
- the mobile sector is now larger by revenue than the fixed and broadband sectors combined;
- with five mobile network operators, as well as several large ‘virtual’ operators, the UK market is often cited as one of the most competitive in the world; and
- the market continues to change. For example, demand for mobile broadband services has grown dramatically since late 2007.
Mobile has already delivered huge benefits to citizens, consumers and society as a whole