Nearly 40% of Scots say smartphones are now the most important device for getting online, according to Ofcom’s Communications Market Report 2015.

Smartphones have overtaken laptops this year with 37% of Scots preferring them to just 26% citing their laptop as their preferred route online.

Smartphone ownership has increased slightly since 2014 with half of internet users aged 16-34 (50%) and more than four in ten (45%) aged 35-54 saying a smartphone is the most important device for web access.

Scotland also saw a substantial increase in 4G availability between June 2014 and May 2015. The proportion of premises in Scotland in areas with outdoor 4G mobile coverage stood at 79.7% in May 2015.

Vicki Nash, Director, Ofcom (Scotland), said: “In the Communications Market Report we noted Scotland was becoming a more connected nation. There are definitely signs of this continuing with the increase in 4G service take-up being a particular highlight.”