Ofcom’s annual International Communications Market Report was published on 14 December. This is Ofcom’s sixth International Communications Market Report into the global communications market, and it looks at take-up, availability and use of broadband, landlines, mobiles, TV and radio. The report covers the calendar year 2010 and includes the following countries; UK, France, Germany, Italy, Canada, Japan, Poland, Spain, Netherlands, Sweden, Ireland, Australia, the US, Brazil, Russia, China and India.
Ofcom carries out the report in order to benchmark the UK’s communications sector, to learn from market and regulatory developments in other countries, and to inform the context of our regulatory initiatives.
The 2011 ICMR takes an in-depth look at social networking, which the research shows to be a global phenomenon - over three quarters of consumers in the markets we surveyed have visited a social networking site, with the majority visiting them on a daily basis. The report also shows that despite the economic downturn, global communications revenues grew by 3.4 per cent in 2010 compared with 2009, mainly driven by strong growth in the BRIC countries. Total retail telecoms revenues generated were £594bn in 2010, 1.9 per cent higher than in 2009.