The UK is now a global leader in the mobile market, with its residents who consume more data on their phones or tablets than any other country, according to an Ofcom report on mobile use.

The UK uses 424 megabytes of data each month — a 60% hike from last year. Second-runner-up Japan uses 392 megabytes per month, and the USA places sixth using 319 megabytes of data, The Guardian reports.

Ofcom also found that UK internet users spend, on average, 728 minutes a week online, a slight drop from last year’s average of 746 minutes.

The increase in data usage could stem from UK users accessing television via Internet in high quantities (even more than the U.S.), Ofcom suggests.  The Financial Times also reports that the UK has “one of the highest levels of penetration of smartphones in the world at 58% of the population, while just fewer than one in five owns a tablet computer.”  But it is in online shopping and social network usage on mobile that the U.K. really has a stronghold.

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