Television continues to grow at the fastest rate of all the telecommunications industries.

Revenues climbed by 3.1% in 2013 to 254 billion. A key driver continues to be subscription television, which added another 4.4% to reach 127 billion, representing half of the revenues. Advertising and licence fee revenues grew at a more modest 1.9% and 1.6% respectively.

According to Ofcoms ninth annual review of the international telecommunications sector total revenues in 2013 were 1,205 billion, an increase of 2.1% year on year.

Among telecoms, television, radio and postal sectors it was the telecoms industries that had the largest absolute increase in revenue in 2013, up by 18 billion to 842 billion.

The largest annual growth in television revenues amongst European countries came in the UK, which increased by 3.4% or 0.4 billion in 2013. Revenues fell year on year in Italy, Spain and Poland, with Spain having the largest proportional year-on-year decline, falling 6.2%, or 0.2 billion.

Online TV and video revenues in the UK continued to rise, up by 227 million to 648 million, though this was far outstripped by the US, which between 2009 and 2013 grew from a base of 1.0 billion to 5.1 billion.

A third of the online population in the UK use the internet to watch TV programmes or films at least once a week. Almost half (48%) of those watching online TV are doing so to access content from the free-to-air broadcasters.

Thirty-eight per cent of respondents in the United States had used a non-broadcaster subscription VOD service in the past week, a higher percentage than any comparator country other than China.

The UK leads the way in European smart TV use almost a quarter of UK consumers claim to have a smart TV, with the vast majority (84%) having connected their TV and used the internet functionality.

The UK is one of only five countries to have 100% of all main TV sets receiving digital TV in 2013. In the UK, Italy, Japan, Australia and Singapore, 100% of all main TV sets received DTV in 2013.