Europe - Fixed Broadband Market - Insights, Analysis and Statistics
While continuing to develop steadily, attracting investment as operators migrate from their legacy copper infrastructure to fibre, the European broadband market is also being transformed by emerging technologies. There is renewed interest in the fibre sector, despite the higher cost of deployment, while operators are widening their trials of vectoring DSL and G.fast technologies. In the cable sector, the majority of connections have been upgraded with DOCSIS3.0 technology, while the standardisation of DOCSIS3.1 promises to achieve far higher throughput when the technology becomes commercially available in late 2015 or 2016.
Overall growth in the subscriber base has slowed in many markets as a result of high broadband penetration, though there remains considerable growth potential in southern and Eastern European markets. Some of these, including Romania and Lithuania, are now at the forefront of fibre broadband deployment. There is considerable intra-and inter-platform competition, driven by regulatory measures to improve access to incumbent networks, and by government and EC-level investment in backbone networks.
With DSL, many operators are investing in vectoring in a bid to improve copper-based data rates and so meet the European targets set for 2020. Vectoring remains a stop-gap measure allowing operators to provide faster services at a lower cost, though fibre remains the goal in the long term. This report presents statistics and analysis on Europe's fixed-line broadband market, including developments in ADSL, cable and fibre technologies, and noting the status of EU and government policies to encourage broadband take-up to the end of the decade.
Strong growth in NGA accesses; EC targets at least 50% of households to have 100Mb/s; EC promoting broadband as a universal service; Digital Agenda for economic recovery; DSL trials providing 700Mb/s; HFC networks taking larger share of super-fast connections; decline of DSL as customers adopt mobile broadband and FttP; economic benefits of broadband revealed; broadband reaches 95% of all citizens; DOCSIS3.1 developments; EC's 9.2 billion injection into regional broadband infrastructure projects slashed to 1 billion.
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