Internet penetration in the United Kingdom (UK) 2000-2017

94.62 percent of the population of the United Kingdom (UK) used the internet in 2017, according to figures from Eurostat and the International Telecommunications Union. The figure is unchanged from 2016, marking the first year without growth since 2007.

Internet users in Great Britain

44.1 million people used the internet daily in Great Britain during 2018 according to the United Kingdom’s (UK) Office for National Statistics (ONS), breaking the record set in 2016. 41.8 million people in Great Britain used the internet on a daily basis during 2016, the first time the amount cracked the 40 million mark.

Methods of accessing the internet

In a survey conducted during early 2018, Ofcom found that 48 percent of the 2,392 respondents indicated that their smartphone was the most important device they use to access the internet, at home or elsewhere. Mobile internet usage penetration is higher in the UK than the EU average, however, as of August 2018, desktop searches still managed to account for the most of the search engine activity in the UK.

UK internet penetration: percentage of population using the internet in the United Kingdom from 2000 to 2017

Percentage of individuals using internet
201794.62%
201694.62%
201592%
201491.61%
201389.84%
201287.48%
201185.38%
201085%
200983.56%
200878.39%
200775.09%
200668.82%
200570%
200465.61%
200364.82%
200256.48%
200133.48%
200026.82%
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Source

Release date

March 2019

Region

United Kingdom

Survey time period

2000 to 2016

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