The Communications Market 2010: UK
3G and DSL connections on the rise
The number of digital subscriber-line (DSL) connections continued to grow in 2009, rising by 6% to 14.4 million, reflecting the continued growth in broadband penetration (Figure 5.30). In contrast, the decline in ISDN channels began to accelerate in 2009 (-4.4%) compared to 2008 (-2.5%), suggesting that an increasing number of businesses are switching their voice calls to cheaper alternatives such as VoIP over broadband DSL and mobile telephony.
The number of mobile connections able to access third-generation mobile technology (3G) increased by 7.1 million during 2009 to 25.5 million; double the total number at the end of 2007. 2G connections fell by just 6.1% or 3.5 million connections during 2009, to 54.8 million, as the overall number of mobile connections grew by 4.6% to 80.3 million.