Recent developments we wanted to share.

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Broadband take-up in Scotland has risen faster than any other UK nation over the last year, jumping 7 percentage points over 2011.

Sixty-eight per cent of homes in Scotland now have broadband, up from 61% a year earlier.

The figures are contained in Ofcom's 2012 Communications Market Report for Scotland.

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Northern Ireland has the highest availability of superfast broadband in the UK. These services are available to around 94% of premises compared to 60% for the UK as a whole.

The startling figures are contained in Ofcom's 2012 Communications Market Report for Northern Ireland.

The report also reveals that consumers in Northern Ireland are also becoming increasingly technology savvy.

Brits love to txt


Text-based communications are surpassing traditional phone calls or meeting face to face as the most frequent ways of keeping in touch for UK adults.

The findings were revealed when adults were asked what methods they used at least once a day to communicate with friends and family.

The average UK consumer now sends 50 texts per week – which has more than doubled in four years – with over 150 billion text messages sent in 2011.



Internet users will be encouraged to download music and films through legal channels under measures outlined today by Ofcom.

Ofcom has published a draft code for consultation that would require large internet service providers (ISPs) to inform customers of allegations that their internet connection has been used to infringe copyright.

Hyperlocal media

I contribute to a blog about news and views from my road. I also use the Internet to find out about local events, schools, services, and to get directions and even find out where I am through maps available online, as well as where my friend is, so we can meet in town. These are examples of ‘hyperlocal’ media focused on small geographic areas that define communities.

Hyperlocal media thrives on the net!

Ofcom is recruiting up to six new members for the Committee which provides advice to Ofcom about the interests and opinions of people living in England and its diverse communities on communications matters including commercial television and radio broadcasting, postal services, telecoms and spectrum issues.

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A new online survey conducted by the website ParentPort reveals that, of those parents surveyed whose children watch films at home, 40% had allowed their children to watch a film classified above their age.

The survey of 1,800 respondents from the UK’s two largest online parenting communities – Mumsnet and Netmums - reveals the challenges and pressures parents face when it comes to keeping the media their children see age-appropriate.

New research reveals the challenges facing parents when it comes to their children’s use of the media

View part one of this post - look at key developments from CES 2012 - here.

In his second post about the Consumer Electronics Show 2012, John Varney looks at changes in screen technology and the emergency of 5G Wi-Fi.

Now that the excitement of the Consumer Electronics Show is over, I thought I would reflect on the event and what we should expect to see appear in the marketplace and the implications for the coming year and beyond.


John Varney offers a personal perspective on some of the key developments from 2012's Consumer Electronics Show