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Europe - Fixed Broadband Market - Insights, Analysis and Statistics

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.

Key developments:

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.


1. Synopsis
2. Europe's broadband market
2.1 Overview
2.1.1 Stronger internet base
2.1.2 European broadband statistics
2.1.3 Broadband delivery
2.1.4 Faster average data rates
2.1.5 Next Generation Access (NGA)
2.1.6 Network Neutrality
3. Analysis of Europe's broadband market
3.1 Regulatory and government support
3.1.1 European Commission support
3.1.2 Economic contribution
3.2 Wholesale access
3.2.1 Competition in the broadband market
4. Cable broadband in Europe
4.1 Standards
4.2 Analysis of Europe's cable broadband market
4.2.1 Market players
5. Asymmetrical Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL) in Europe
5.1 Market overview
5.2 Availability
5.3 Costs
5.4 Naked DSL
5.5 ADSL2+
5.6 VDSL
5.7 Vectoring DSL
5.8 G.fast developments
6. Fibre
7. Related reports
Table 1 Broadband lines, penetration and new lines per day 2003 - 2014
Table 2 Internet users, growth and penetration 2009; 2013
Table 3 Broadband availability by platform 2013
Table 4 Broadband penetration by technology (%) 2013
Table 5 Broadband penetration by country 2009 2013
Table 6 Broadband access by technology, market share 2014
Table 7 The average home will soon require 50Mb/s to the home Why?
Table 8 Broadband market share by technology 2006; 2010; 2012; 2014
Table 9 Average download speed, select countries June 2014
Table 10 Superfast broadband penetration 2010 - 2014
Table 11 Proportion of broadband accesses by speed 2014
Table 12 NGA connections 2012 - 2015
Table 13 Incumbents' share of NGA connections 2012 - 2015
Table 14 Broadband contribution to economies, select countries 2010; 2016
Table 15 LLU penetration of DSL lines 2012
Table 16 Incumbents' broadband market share 2002 - 2014
Table 17 Incumbents' broadband market share by platform 2014
Table 18 Cable broadband penetration by country 2011
Table 19 Cable broadband subscriptions 2005 - 2014
Table 20 New DSL connections 2006 - 2015
Exhibit 1 DSL services and equivalent data rates

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