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IELTS Writing Task 1 – UK Telephone Calls

IELTS Writing Task 1 – UK Telephone Calls

IELTS Writing Task 1 – UK Telephone Calls


The chart below shows the total number of minutes (in billions) of telephone calls in the UK, divided into three categories, from 1995—2002. Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.

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Version 01 – (Mobile and Fixed Line)

The bar chart depicts the total number of minutes, measured in billions, in the UK from 1995 to 2002, divided into three sectors. Overall, although local landline usage decreased toward the end of the period, it remained the highest, while mobile phone usage continued to increase throughout the years.

In 1995, mobile phones in the UK were relatively uncommon, with only around 2.5 billion minutes of usage. By 2000, this figure had substantially increased to 20 billion minutes, and by 2002, it had doubled to 40 billion minutes.

The usage of landlines dedicated to local telephone calls started at 70 billion minutes in 1995 and gradually increased over the next four years, reaching 90 billion minutes, where it remained for another year. However, it then started to decrease, reaching 70 billion minutes by 2002. On the other hand, fixed-line usage for national and international calls was the second most common type in the UK, accounting for around 38 billion minutes in 1995. It showed a slight increase throughout the years, reaching 60 billion minutes by 2002, which was very close to the usage of local landlines during that year.

Version 02 – (1995 and 1999)

The bar graph compares call categories in the UK from 1995 to 2002, measured in billion minutes. In general, mobile phone usage increased dramatically over the eight-year period, while there was a decrease in the usage of fixed landlines.

In 1995, local fixed lines accounted for the highest usage at 70 billion minutes, followed by national and international fixed lines with 38 billion minutes. Mobile calls had a usage of around 2.5 billion minutes. Over the next four years, these call types increased, with local fixed lines reaching 90 billion minutes and national and international fixed lines reaching around 45 billion minutes.

By 1999, local landline usage had peaked at 90 billion minutes, but it started to decrease, while international and national fixed-line usage continued to grow. By 2002, the gap remained very close, with 70 billion minutes for local fixed lines, similar to the figure from eight years prior, and 60 billion minutes for international fixed lines. In contrast, mobile calls increased to 40 billion minutes, almost four times the usage compared to 1999 when it was at 10 billion minutes.

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