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Mobile Based Web Surfing Increases to 45% in The UK

Almost half of the UK’s total Internet users go online using their mobile phone data connections, a new report has revealed.

The survey was carried out by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), and it shed light into the fact how the trend of accessing the Web via mobile devices is gaining immense popularity amongst the web surfers within the country.

According to the data released by ONS, 45 percent of the people surveyed during the study claimed they went online using their mobile phones, the figure being almost 14 percent higher than last year’s 31 percent.

Amongst the participants in the study, the percentage of mobile Internet users belonging to the 16-24 age group was overwhelming at 71 percent. On the other hand only 8% of users of the age group over 65 years made use of such newer technology.

"That so many offline households don't see any reason to get online reinforces the importance of the digital champions network that the Raceonline2012 partners are creating," dot-com entrepreneur and the government's UK Digital Champion, Martha Lane-Fox said in a statement, BBC News (opens in new tab) reports.

However, the percentage of mobile Internet users from the elderly population, particularly those over 65 was somewhat less at near about 8 percent, the ONS report claimed.

Ravi Mandalia

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