The UK's broadband market enjoys excellent cross-platform competition, with comprehensive DSL complemented by cable networks which reach about half of all households. The DSL network has been upgraded during the last few years as a result of BT's migration to its new 21CN. Virgin Media, now owned by Liberty Global, has emerged as the best provider in terms of realised speeds the company has rolled out a 120Mb/s service across much of its footprint, with a programme during 2012 which doubled broadband speeds to customers. In addition, BT's FttC/VDSL service should cover 66% of the population by 2015.
The market remains fiercely competitive as a result of regulatory measures to provide competitor access to BT's exchanges, while similar measures have been undertaken to ensure equal access on fibre networks. Broadband has also been characterised by falling prices and by a gradual increase in average data speeds. This report profiles the overall UK broadband market, covering broadband technologies and including the latest statistics, an update on recent commercial initiatives, an assessment of Next Generation Access, and forecasts to 2020.
Virgin Media acquired by Liberty Global; government allocates £363 million for regional broadband schemes; Fujitsu, Virgin Media, TalkTalk and Cisco plan open-access FttH platform to five million homes; superfast broadband accounting for almost 18% of all broadband lines; updates on eHealth initiatives; broadband availability influencing home buying habits; BT launched Fibre-on-Demand product, reduces wholesale FttC pricing; average download speed reaches 14.7Mb/s; O2 sells broadband and fixed-line business to BSkyB; community fibre deployment gaining traction; Rutland Telecom plans for county-wide FttH platform; BT trials 10Gb/s service using XGPON technology; Fujitsu connects first customers to its FttH network; regulator's 2012 market data; telcos' operating and financial data to Q2 2013; market developments to September 2013.
Companies covered in this report include:
Virgin Media, BT, Kcom, Orange, Carphone Warehouse, BSkyB, O2.