Find Telecommunication expertise in United Kingdom

There are 533 main telephone lines, 1,308 mobile phone subscriptions and 820 internet users per 1,000 people (2011). Additionally there are 802 personal computers per 1,000 people (2006).

The UK telecoms industry is worth US$65 billion a year. Over 250,000 employees in 7,800 companies offer skills and capabilities that span the supply chain.

After British Telecom (BT) was privatised in 1984, the telecoms market was opened to competition, with BT obliged to rent its lines to any other operator that wanted to enter the market. In practice, the only other serious contender in the landline market is Virgin – previously trading as NTL – which has put in its own telephone lines. BT and Virgin also dominate the broadband market, with the major players in the mobile market being EE, Vodafone and O2. In 2011 there were 82 million subscriptions in the UK for mobile phones.

The sector is regulated by the Office of Communications (Ofcom).

Telecoms and Internet Service Providers organisations in United Kingdom
BT Group plc
Carphone Warehouse
Virgin Media
Vodafone Group