UK lags in VoIP adoption

Although Ofcom research shows the UK to be early adopters of tech, we are still miles behind other countries when it comes to using Voice over IP.


Despite a growth in Voice over IP (VoIP) products available on the market, the UK has failed in taking advantage of the technology.

New research from Ofcom has claimed just five per cent of people subscribed to such services, compared to 20 per cent in the Netherlands and 26 per cent in France.

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However, there was a notable growth 27 per cent in subscribers between 2006 and 2009.

"VoIP services tend to be more popular in countries where there is high demand for international calls or where broadband is available to consumers without the need for a landline services (also known as naked DSL)," said Ofcom.

However, even with this particular failing, the UK was shown to be a highly connected nation with the highest growth of smartphone adoption across the six countries Ofcom surveyed.

The researched showed a 70 per cent rise in take up between January 2009 and January 2010, leading to over a quarter of UK citizens owning a smartphone.

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