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Mobile Internet usage exploding thanks to obsession with Facebook and Twitter


- CCS Insight report identifies BBC iPlayer as the next catalyst in mobile Internet growth -

LONDON, 13 July 2009 – Industry analysts CCS Insight today unveiled a report on what is driving the use of the mobile Internet among young adults in the UK today.

Paolo Pescatore
Paolo Pescatore

The report, based on a survey of more than 1,000 adults between 16 and 35 years old, offers insights into the mobile Internet habits of this technology-savvy and demanding consumer group.

Key themes to emerge from the report are:
o Mobile Internet use is growing at a phenomenal rate; social networking is driving that growth with a third of young adults regularly accessing Facebook and Twitter from their mobiles
o Men are twice as likely as women to access the Internet through their mobile phone
o Young adults expect mobile content – especially music and videos – to be free
o BBC iPlayer is the service people would most like to see on their phones

Paolo Pescatore, report author and Head of Mobile Content at CCS Insight, said: 

"The Web is revolutionising the way people use mobile phones. Forget music downloads and video – social networking is what people want. Media owners and operators will have to find new ways to make money from their assets."

"And it's clear from the report that the industry could do a better job marketing to women. Some networks and phone-makers have got it right. Their rivals are leaving money on the table."

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Notes to Editors
To purchase a copy of the report — priced at £2,995 including a workshop with its author to analyse and discuss the findings in more detail — e-mail

About CCS Insight:
CCS Insight provides a blend of timely and authoritative market information, analysis and intelligence for companies around the world who are focused on the wireless and mobile sector.

CCS Insight has a global team of expert analysts, with offices in the US and Europe. It has earned a reputation for unparalleled knowledge and understanding of the communications market, and an ability to synthesise information and predict market movements and developments.

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For further information please contact:
Gareth Williams, Harvard PR,, 44 (0)20 8759 0005
Or, Paolo Pescatore, CCS Insight,, +44 (0)7824 858585