The UK is among the nations most likely to adopt new communication technologies, says Ofcom.

The regulator's International Communications Market report revealed 84 percent of British homes have a landline, beaten only by Germany where 85 percent of residents have a landline. More than nine in 10 (91 percent) of Brits have a mobile phone, topped only by Italy, with 95 percent of Italians admitting to owning a handset.

Furthermore, the UK is also the nation with the second largest uptake of fixed broadband connections. More than two thirds (70 percent) of UK homes have a fixed net connection, while in the Netherlands 85 percent of homes have fixed broadband access.

Brits are also more likely to cut down on going-out than their broadband connection in a bid to beat the recession. Just 7 percent said they'd forgo their net access while over half (56 percent) said they'd happily give up nights out and 51 percent would forfeit a holiday.

However, Ofcom said the UK is lagging behind in the uptake of Voice over IP (VoIP) services. Only 5 percent of UK homes have access to the service compared to more than a quarter (26 percent) in France and two in five (20 percent) in the Netherlands.

The regulator said VoIP services tend to be more popular in countries where there is high demand for international calls or where broadband is available to consumers without the need for a landline services (also known as naked DSL).

Nearly seven in ten (69 percent) of Brits say they use a laptop to access the web when at home and 60 percent f 18 to 24-year olds use a device other than a desktop PC to surf the net.

Nearly a third (29 percent) of Brits use their mobile phone t access the web, beaten only by Japan where 43 percent go online from their handset. 14 percent of Brits also use a games console to access the web.

The number of Brits with smartphones rose by 70 percent between January 2009 and January 2010, meaning 18 percent of the UK owning a smartphone and 90 percent downloading apps for their device. Ofcom also revealed the UK sends an average of 140 text messages per person per month. Furthermore, mobile prices in the UK have fallen by 10 percent in the UK between July 2009 and July 2010.

More than nine in ten Brits have digital TV and 50 percent of UK consumers have a HD-ready TV. However just 13 percent of Brits actually watch HD channels. Nearly a quarter (24 percent) of Brits claim to watch TV on the net every week and 45 percent admit to having watched TV on the web at some point.

Ofcom also said that thanks to bundles (purchasing TV, broadband and landlines from the same company) prices in the UK compare favourably with those in France, Italy, Germany, Spain and the US.