Ofcom's yearly report – A quick look at the NI numbersPosted: August 25, 2010 | |
37% of households now use some form of social networking site
38% watch TV online and some
15% make voice and or video calls over the Internet.
72% of rural homes now have a broadband connection, compared to 69% in urban area’s
90% of rural homes have a mobile phone, compared to 87% in urban area’s (seeing a trend here) and
51% of rural homes have a satellite TV connection compared to only 40% in urban area’s
Coverage for 3G was only 40 per cent, well below the UK average of 87 per cent and represented the lowest figure among the UK nations
The use of mobile broadband has increased by 6 per cent from last year and is now used in 14 per cent of all homes
The figures are great but it’s only when you start to digest them properly that you begin to put a picture together. In the 4th year of the results NI only began to catch up with the UK, this year, in many fields we have excelled as a ‘switched on’ nation. The frustration for me lies with the Governement of NI, which continue to push the big telco’s to invest in urban communications such as high speed broadband and 3G roll out, yet looking at the figures people in rural area’s are more likely to uptake of the services. Let’s face it, we have a small country and we only have two big cities (if you can even call them that, Manchester has more residents that the whole of NI).
The world is changing, the world has changed. I’m happy to see that NI has embraced the era of communicatons (at long last) but come on, give us some investment Arlene, give us some respect. We (speaking as a rural resident) don’t want to truck into the city for a decent broadband speed and a usable mobile phone data signal !