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Source: Ofcom

Geographical Area: United Kingdom

Unit of Measurement: Percentage (%)

Footnote: The period January to February is being used to report annual data. The date on the X axis is the year at the start of the period

This table provides metadata for the actual indicator available from UK statistics closest to the corresponding global SDG indicator. Please note that even when the global SDG indicator is fully available from UK statistics, this table should be consulted for information on national methodology and other UK-specific metadata information.

Indicator available
Indicator description
Geographical coverage

United Kingdom

Unit of measurement

Percentage (%)

Available disaggregations
Other information

Data follows the UN specification for this indicator. This indicator has been identified in collaboration with topic experts.

Data last updated 03 December 2021
Metadata last updated 03 December 2021

This table provides information on metadata for SDG indicators as defined by the UN Statistical Commission. Complete global metadata is provided by the UN Statistics Division.

Indicator name

Proportion of individuals who own a mobile telephone, by sex

Target name

Enhance the use of enabling technology, in particular information and communications technology, to promote the empowerment of women

Global indicator description
UN designated tier

Tier II

UN custodian agency

International Telecommunication Union (ITU)

Link to UN metadata United Nations Sustainable Development Goals metadata for target 5.b opens in a new window




Earliest available data


Geographical coverage

United Kingdom

Link to data source Technology tracker - ‘do you personally use a mobile phone?’ and ‘do you personally use a smartphone?’ opens in a new window
Release date 23 April 2018
Next release


Statistical classification

Official Statistic

Contact details

Other information