Smartphones are now the most popular device for getting online in Scotland.
Ofcom's Communications Market Report 2015 reveals record ownership and usage are turning Scotland into a ‘smartphone society’.
About four in ten (37%) internet users cite smartphones as the most important device for accessing the internet compared to 26% for their laptop.
Since 2014 smartphones have overtaken laptops as the most important device for internet access. In that year 45% rated the laptop as most important compared to 21% for the smartphone.
Half of internet users aged 16-34 (50%) and more than four in ten (45%) aged 35-54 say a smartphone is the most important device for going online.
Smartphone ownership in Scotland increased slightly by one percentage point since 2014, with about six in ten adults owning one (63%) compared to the UK average of 66%.
However take-up of a 4G service among smartphone owners has gone up by 25 percentage points between 2014 and 2015 to reach 55%, significantly higher than the UK average of 45%.
Scotland had a substantial increase in 4G availability between June 2014 and May 2015. The proportion of premises in Scotland in areas with outdoor 4G mobile coverage stood at 79.7% in May 2015.
The report also shows that in the first quarter of 2015 almost nine in ten (89%) smartphone users in Scotland were ‘very’ or ‘fairly’ satisfied with their mobile network service in terms of being able to connect to the internet via 3G or 4G.
Satisfaction with ability to connect to the internet via 3G or 4G was highest among smartphone users in urban Scotland (92%) compared to rural Scotland (73%).
The other device seeing a marked increase in take-up is the tablet computer. Half of adults in Scotland (52%) said they had one in the household, a 10 percentage-point increase since 2014 (42%).
Vicki Nash, Director, Ofcom (Scotland), said: “In last year’s Communications Market Report we noted Scotland was becoming a more connected nation.
“There are definitely signs of this continuing with the increase in 4G service take-up being a particular highlight.”
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