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Germany - Broadband Market Insights, Statistics and Forecasts


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Germany has the second largest broadband market in Europe. The dominant DSL platform is led by Telekom Deutschland which has invested in ADSL2+ and VDSL upgrades serving many urban areas. Although it has also invested in FttC, financial and market considerations have more recently encouraged the company to pursue DSL vectoring technologies. This strategy is aimed at competing with cablcos as also reaching the government and European broadband targets by 2020. The greatly consolidated cable sector has invested in extensive DOCSIS3.0 technologies, offering widespread 120Mb/s services which DSL cannot yet match. Faster broadband is creating demand for new bundled services while intense competition has seen prices fall dramatically. Lower charges for local loop unbundling imposed by the regulator should also help increase competition and lower prices further.

This report profiles Germany’s fixed and wireless broadband markets, together with forecasts to 2020 and an analysis of developments with related technologies such as fibre-to-the-home, powerline broadband, wireless broadband, WiFi and internet via satellite. It also examines Telekom’s Next Generation Network and the regulatory issues relating to competitor access to new networks.

Key developments:

NGA Forum adopts framework policy on the interoperability of broadband networks; EC closes infringement case against government for protecting TD in VDSL market; TD forms separate FttH division; Vodafone considers migrating DSL subscribers to LTE network; KDG extends 100Mb/s DOCSIS 3.0 network to 6.9 million homes, rolls out free WiFi network in Berlin; TD plans DSL vectoring though regulatory hurdles remain, signs deal with Fon Wireless to expand WiFi network; Liberty Global acquires Kabel BW; regulator’s market data for 2011, VATM market data for 2011; telcos’ operating and financial data to September December 2012; market developments to March 2013.

Companies covered in this report include:

Telekom Deutschland, United Internet, Vodafone, Tiscali, Freenet, Telefónica, QSC, Kabel BW, Kabel Deutschland, Unitymedia, PrimaCom, The Cloud, Energie Baden-Wurttemberg.


1. Synopsis
2. Overview
2.1 Government support
2.2 Government Broadband Strategy
2.3 Broadband developments
2.3.1 Broadband statistics
3. Cable modems
3.1 Cable market consolidation
3.2 Regulating cable access
3.3 Cable players
3.3.1 Kabel BW
3.3.2 Kabel Deutschland (KDG)
3.3.3 Unitymedia Kabel BW
3.3.4 PrimaCom
4. Asymmetrical Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL)
4.1 Telekom Deutschland
4.2 Other service providers
4.2.1 Versatel
4.2.2 United Internet
4.2.3 Vodafone
4.2.4 Tiscali
4.2.5 Freenet
4.2.6 Telefónica
4.2.7 QSC
4.3 ADSL2+
4.4 VDSL
4.5 Vectoring DSL
5. Fibre-to-the-Home (FttH) networks
5.1 Regulating fibre access
5.2 Telekom Deutschland
5.3 Other developments
5.3.1 Cologne
5.3.2 Hamburg
5.3.3 Schwerte
5.3.4 Munich
5.3.5 Hanau
5.3.6 Essen
5.3.7 Leipzig FTTH network launches
5.3.8 Other operators
6. Broadband Powerline (BPL)
6.1 Energie Baden-Wurttemberg
6.2 Vype (Mannheim)
6.3 Power Plus Communications (PPC)
6.4 DREWAG (Dresden)
7. Wireless broadband
7.1 Wireless Local Loop (WLL)
7.2 WiMAX/WiFi
7.3 Operators
7.3.1 Telekom Deutschland
7.3.2 Deutsche Bahn trials
7.4 Wireless LANS
7.4.1 The Cloud
7.4.2 Vodafone
7.4.3 O2
7.4.4 T-Com
7.5 Broadband Wireless Access (BWA)
7.6 PAMR
7.7 Internet via satellite
7.8 Mobile broadband
8. Forecasts – broadband subscribers 2010-2012; 2020
8.1.1 Scenario 1 – higher growth broadband subscriber growth
8.1.2 Scenario 2 – lower growth broadband subscriber growth
8.2 Notes on scenario forecasts
9. Related reports
Table 1 – Internet users and penetration rate – 1999 - 2012
Table 2 – Broadband subscriber lines by type – 2006 - 2012
Table 3 – Broadband subscribers by platform – 2001 - 2012
Table 4 – Narrowband internet traffic in minutes – 1999 - 2012
Table 5 – Growth in broadband traffic, by month and year – 2006 - 2013
Table 6 – Proportion of DSL subscribers by provider – 2001 - 2013
Table 7 – Broadband penetration – 2001 - 2013
Table 8 – Broadband penetration by sector – 2007 - 2011
Table 9 – Broadband lines by data rates – 2005 - 2011
Table 10 – Broadband market share by data rates (regulator data) – 2010 - 2011
Table 11 – Proportion of broadband connections by data rates – 2005 - 2011
Table 12 – Broadband subscribers and market share by operators – 2010
Table 13 – Cable subscribers – 2000 - 2013
Table 14 – Kabel BW broadband and telephony subscribers (historic) – 2010 - 2011
Table 15 – Kabel BW financial data (historic) – 2006 - 2011
Table 16 – Kabel Deutschland financial data – 2008 - 2012
Table 17 – Kabel Deutschland subscribers by sector – 2007 – 2012
Table 18 – Kabel Deutschland RGUs by sector – 2007 - 2012
Table 19 – Kabel Deutschland blended ARPU – 2007 - 2012
Table 20 – Unitymedia Kabel BW broadband and telephony subscribers – 2006 - 2012
Table 21 – Unitymedia Kabel BW financial data – 2006 - 2012
Table 22 – Proportion of DSL connections by provider – 2001 - 2013
Table 23 – DSL connections by provider – 2001 - 2012
Table 24 – DSL household penetration rate – 2005 - 2013
Table 25 – Telekom Deutschland wholesale and resale lines – 2004 - 2012
Table 26 – Versatel financial data – 2008 - 2011
Table 27 – Versatel mass market subscribers – 2008 - 2011
Table 28 – United Internet financial data – 2007 - 2012
Table 29 – United Internet internet subscribers by type– 2010 - 2012
Table 30 – Freenet fixed network subscribers by sector – 2005 - 2012
Table 31 – Freenet financial data by segment – 2005 - 2012
Table 32 – Telefónica (O2) broadband subscribers – 2007 – 2012
Table 33 – QSC financial data – 2006 - 2012
Table 34 – Households passed with fibre – 2007 - 2012
Table 35 – Satellite broadband subscribers – 2004 - 2013
Table 36 – Mobile broadband revenue, annual growth – 2004 - 2013
Table 37 – Mobile 3G data users – 2009 - 2012
Table 38 – Forecast fixed-line broadband subscribers – higher growth scenario – 2010 - 2012; 2020
Table 39 – Forecast fixed-line broadband penetration – higher growth scenario – 2010 - 2012; 2020
Table 40 – Forecast broadband subscribers – lower growth scenario – 2010 - 2012; 2020
Table 41 – Forecast broadband penetration – lower growth scenario – 2010 - 2012; 2020
Chart 1 – Internet users and penetration rate – 2000 - 2012
Chart 2 – Broadband subscriber lines by type – 2006 – 2012
Chart 3 – Broadband subscribers by platform – 2001 - 2012
Chart 4 – Broadband connections by data rates – 2005 – 2011
Chart 5 – Proportion of broadband connections by data rates – 2005 – 2011
Chart 6 – Kabel BW financial data (historic) – 2006 - 2011
Chart 7 – Kabel Deutschland financial data – 2008 - 2012
Chart 8 – Kabel Deutschland RGUs by sector – 2007 - 2012
Chart 9 – Kabel Deutschland blended ARPU – 2007 - 2012
Chart 10 – Unitymedia Kabel BW broadband and telephony subscribers – 2006 - 2012
Chart 11 – Unitymedia Kabel BW financial data – 2006 - 2012
Chart 12 – Telekom Deutschland wholesale and resale lines – 2004 - 2012
Chart 13 – Versatel financial data – 2008 - 2011
Chart 14 – United Internet financial data – 2007 - 2012
Chart 15 – United Internet internet subscribers by type– 2010 – 2012
Chart 16 – Freenet fixed network subscribers by sector – 2005 - 2012
Chart 17 – Freenet financial data by segment – 2005 - 2012
Chart 18 – QSC financial data – 2007 - 2012
Chart 19 – Households passed with fibre – 2007 – 2012
Chart 20 – Forecast fixed-line broadband subscribers – higher growth scenario – 2010 - 2012; 2020
Chart 21 – Forecast broadband subscribers – lower growth scenario – 2010 - 2012; 2020

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