Household internet penetration in the United Kingdom (UK) 1998-2019

Following two consecutive years at 90 percent, the share of households with internet access in the United Kingdom (UK) increased in 2019, reaching 93 percent. This marked a new record, and continued the streak of either stability or growth.

More users gaining internet access

   Worldwide, the number of internet users rose from 1.02 billion users in 2005, to 3.9 billion users in 2018. As of 2017, China was the country with this highest number of internet users. The UK was home to 63.06 million internet users in that year.

Internet penetration rates around the world

Northern America and Northern Europe featured the highest internet penetration of any region globally, at 95 percent. Middle Africa showed the lowest levels, at just 12 percent. With regard to mobile internet, the United Arab Emirates showed the highest penetration rate, at 96 percent.

Share of households with internet access in the United Kingdom (UK) from 1998 to 2019

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Source

Release date

August 2019

Region

United Kingdom (Great Britain)

Survey time period

1998 to 2019

Number of respondents

1,800**

Special properties

households.

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

* UK estimates from 1998 to 2004. GB estimates from 2005 on.
** The Opinions and Lifestyle Survey is carried out by interviewing a nationally representative sample of households in Great Britain. About 1,800 households are sampled each month and estimates are subject to sampling variability, as are those from all sample surveys.

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