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We watch a lot of TV in the UK, nearly four hours a day on average according to Ofcom, which is topped only by America and Italy.

This was one of the headline grabbing facts to come out of the latest International Communications Market Report (ICMR), released this week, but not the most interesting.

My eye was drawn to the amount of internet shopping we do in the UK, which is more than any other major country.

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With access to superfast broadband patchy at best in large parts of Britain, the importance of publicly led intervention to improve the country’s fibre network has never been clearer.

If commercial operators believed they could make a return by spreading fibre further, they would likely have done so before now.  

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Ofcom’s advisory committees in each of the UK nations provide advice on matters their country is particularly interested in or concerned about.

They draw on a wide range of experience and skills to help influence and shape policy to take account of different communities across the UK and within each nation.

The new ACE members are:

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4G services from operators other than EE could be up and running by next May, according to Ofcom.

The communications regulator has released details of the auction process for new 4G licnences, with the bidding process taking place in January.

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Ofcom gets a lot of headlines for things like 4G but the growth and popularity of Community Radio is arguably one of its greatest successes.

Over two hundred community radio stations are now broadcasting in locations across the UK, after new services went live in Kent and Dorset recently.

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Over half of people in the UK (56%) have been targeted by online criminals yet millions still remain blasé about online safety, according to a new survey.

It reveals that almost a third of us claim to have no idea whether we are putting ourselves at risk and a further 40% say they need to know more about being safe online.

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Some choice figures are revealed in Ofcom's latest Digital Radio Report, released today (17/10/12).

Unsurprisingly, take-up is highest in those areas where coverage is best, namely the south east of England and is above 54% in Surrey. Probably not unrelated was the finding that BBC Radio 4 Extra is the digital-only station with the largest number of listeners.

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UK consumers are achieving average residential broadband speeds of 9.0Mbit/s, driven by the move to new ‘superfast’ services, Ofcom research reveals.

Ofcom’s latest research into fixed-line residential broadband speeds shows that, in May 2012, the average actual UK speed was 9.0Mbit/s, which is 2½ times faster than the average speed of 3.6Mbit/s recorded in November 2008 when Ofcom first began its speeds research.

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An estimated worldwide audience of over 4 billion is expected to tune in during the course of the Games, making it one of the most viewed sporting events in history.    

But while the global popularity of the Games is nothing new, how we follow them has changed significantly since Bejing in 2008.    

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The largest ever auction of spectrum for mobile services in the UK is set to get under way by the end of 2012, Ofcom announced this week, laying the path for next-generation 4G networks to be rolled out next year.

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