Ofcom monitors trends in the telecommunications market and regularly publishes the data, the last set being in February 2009. While the full results give info on things like SMS volumes, there appears to be no monitoring of the expanding role that mobile broadband is playing.
|Period||Total||BT Retail||Other DSL||Virgin Media||Other (inc LLU)||BT Retail share||Virgin Media share|
No massive changes for BT Retail or Virgin Media, but it seems the trend of BT Wholesale shedding customers to the various LLU operators continues. Given the low prices from a number of LLU operators, and a wider variety of download and upload speed products it is perhaps to be expected that this area added some 400,000 connections during the last quarter of 2008.
Mobile phones and the option of broadband using a mobile dongle appears to be having some impact on the number of telephone lines in the UK, the total number of BT Retail and WLR lines dropped from 26,773,000 in 2007 to 25,890,000 at the end of 2008. The recession may accelerate this as people reassess how much they need their landline, and that the speeds of current generation mobile broadband is sufficient for their needs.