United Kingdom - Fixed Broadband Market - Statistics and Analyses

 Published On: Sep, 2017 |    No of Pages: 30 |  Published By: Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd | Format: PDF
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The UK's broadband market enjoys excellent cross-platform competition. DSL infrastructure is comprehensively available, while the main cable operator Virgin Media, owned by Liberty Global, aims to increase its footprint to cover about two-thirds of premises by 2019. The DSL network has been upgraded during the last few years with VDSL and Long Reach VDSL technologies, while British Telecom is also introducing G.fast as part of its multi-technology mix to provide ultra-fast broadband services to some 12 million premises by 2020. Virgin Media has also entered the fibre market, aiming to provide FttP to about one million customers while most of the remainder will eventually be serviced with the new DOCSIS3.1 standard. Openreach's wholesale FttP service covered some 327,000 premises by the end of 2016 and is expected to reach over two million by the end of 2020.

The broadband market in recent years has been characterised by falling consumer prices and by a gradual increase in average data speeds, which by the end of 2016 approached 29Mb/s by early 2016.

For its part, the government has committed to invest over £1 billion in broadband infrastructure through new investment funds, including £400 million in rolling out FttP services.

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 2022.

Key developments:
Six pilot areas announced for FttP trials; government launches £400 million investment aimed at connecting up to two million premises with a 1Gb/s FttP service by 2020; Openreach aiming to commercialise Dark Fibre Access product by October 2017; CityFibre expands 1Gb/s reach; BT developing G.fast technology to provide 1Gb/s services; Openreach increases wholesale FttP product to provide 1Gb/s; Ofcom imposes VULA wholesale pricing for BT; Virgin Media introduces a 330Mb/s broadband service; Hyperoptic expands its FttP network; government to invest £1 billion of fibre infrastructure and 5G technologies; BT launches Fibre-on-Demand product; average download speed approaches 29Mb/s; BT trials 10Gb/s service using XGPON technology; report update includes the regulator's 2016 market updates, telcos' financial and operating data to Q1 2017, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:
Virgin Media, BT, KCom, Orange, Carphone Warehouse, Sky, O2.
1.  Synopsis
2.  Introduction and statistical overview
2.1 Market analysis
2.2 Broadband statistics
2.3 Forecasts  broadband subscribers  2018; 2020; 2022
2.3.1  Notes on scenario forecasts
2.4 Government support
2.4.1  Digital Britain
2.4.2  Rural broadband
2.4.3  Municipal investment
2.4.4  Wholesale broadband
3.  Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
4.  Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
4.1 Introduction
4.2 DSL providers
4.3 ADSL2+
4.4 SDSL
4.5 Very High Data Rate DSL (VDSL)
4.6 G-fast developments
5.  Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
5.1 BT
5.2 Virgin Media/Fujitsu
5.3 KCom
5.4 Sky Broadband/TalkTalk
5.5 Other developments
5.6 FttC developments
5.7 Costing fibre
6.  Other fixed broadband services
6.1 Broadband Powerline (BPL)
6.2 Fixed wireless (Wi-Fi and WiMAX)
6.2.1  Regulatory environment
6.2.2  White space spectrum
6.2.3  WLAN/Wi-Fi
6.2.4  WiMAX
6.2.5  Metropolitan WiMAX
6.2.6  Internet via satellite
7.  Related reports

Table  1  Fixed-line broadband retail revenue  2001 - 2017
Table  2  Fixed-line broadband connections by type  2002 - 2015
Table  3  Average headline broadband speed  2006 - 2015
Table  4  Proportion of broadband connections by speed  2010 - 2015
Table  5  Average broadband speed by platform  2010 - 2014
Table  6  Devices used for internet access, market share  2013 - 2016
Table  7  Market share of fixed-line broadband subscribers by provider  2005 - 2015
Table  8  Broadband penetration by technology  2004 - 2015
Table  9  Percentage internet access by dial-up and broadband  2000 - 2013
Table  10  Fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration  2002 - 2018
Table  11  Fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration  2002  2018
Table  12  PC, broadband and internet household penetration  2003 - 2014
Table  13  Internet connectivity type, by household  2003 - 2015
Table  14  Forecast broadband subscribers  2018; 2020; 2022
Table  15  Superfast broadband subscribers and market share  2010 - 2015
Table  16  Virgin Media subscribers by sector  2007 - 2017
Table  17  Virgin Media ARPU  2007 - 2017
Table  18  Virgin Media revenue  2007 - 2017
Table  19  xDSL subscribers  2000 - 2017
Table  20  BT retail and wholesale broadband subscribers  2004 - 2017
Table  21  BT consumer and wholesale broadband revenue  2015 - 2017
Table  22  FttC availability and projected speeds by distance
Table  23  BT fibre broadband subscribers  2014 - 2017
Table  24  Estimated cost of fibre by deployment technology

Chart 1  Fixed-line broadband connections by type  2002  2015
Chart 2  Broadband penetration by technology  2004  2015
Chart 3  Virgin Media subscribers by sector  2007 - 2017
Chart 4  BT retail and wholesale broadband subscribers  2004 - 2017

Exhibit  1  Wireless opportunities using technology and frequencies
Exhibit  2  WLAN operator business models

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