Germany - Fixed Broadband Market - Statistics and Analyses

Germany - Fixed Broadband Market - Statistics and Analyses

Germany has one of the largest broadband markets in Europe and also one of the more progressive in the pursuit of DOCSIS3.1 and G.fast deployments. The dominant DSL platform is led by Telekom Deutschland, which continues to invest in network upgrades with a focus on a hybrid fibre and vectoring VDSL solution. This strategy is aimed at competing with cablcos which are upgrading their networks, as also at reaching the government's target of providing a gigabit service nationally by 2025.

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.

The FttP segment has been slow to develop given the emphasis on vectoring DSL, though since early 2018 Telekom has also increased its efforts to extend the reach of FttP beyond business parks and new estates. Investment in fibre backhaul has also been a consideration to support operators' 5G plans.

This report profiles Germany's fixed and wireless broadband markets, together with subscriber forecasts and an analysis of developments with related technologies such as FttP, DOCSIS3.1 and powerline broadband.

Key developments:

Vodafone Germany to extend its 1Gb/s service to 25 million premises by 2022;
NetCologne rolls out 1Gb/s service in Cologne;
EWE to invest more than 1 billion in fibre-based infrastructure to 2026;
Industry pressure to develop a gigabit society by 2025;
Telekom Deutschland expands vectoring VDSL;
Unitymedia sold to Vodafone Group;
Report update includes the regulator's market data for 2018, VATM market data for 2019, telcos' operating and financial data to Q3 2019, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

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


  • Synopsis
  • Introduction and statistical overview
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
    • GOVERNMENT SUPPORT
    • GOVERNMENT BROADBAND STRATEGY
      • Broadband statistics
        • Table Change in the number of Telekom Deutschland's direct, resale and LLU broadband lines – 2006 – 2019
        • Table Growth in fixed broadband traffic, by year and average per connection – 2009 – 2019
        • Table Change in market share of broadband subscribers by major provider – 2012 – 2019
        • Table Market share of broadband subscribers by minor provider – 2012 – 2019
        • Table Growth in the number of fixed broadband subscribers and penetration – 2009 – 2024
        • Table Change in market share of broadband subscribers by platform – 2016 – 2019
        • Table Increase in fixed broadband penetration by platform – 2007 – 2018
        • Table Change in the number of broadband lines by data rates – 2014 – 2019
        • Table Change in the proportion of fixed broadband lines by data rates – 2014 – 2019
        • Table Change in the share of fixed broadband lines by Telekom and altnets – 2009 – 2018
  • Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
    • Table Growth in the number of cable broadband subscribers – 2009 – 2019
    • Table Growth in the number of DOCSIS3.1 cable connections – 2018 – 2019
    • CABLE MARKET CONSOLIDATION
    • UNITYMEDIA
      • Table Growth in the number of Unitymedia broadband and telephony subscribers – 2006 – 2019
      • Table Development of Unitymedia's financial data – 2006 – 2019
  • Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
    • Table Change in the proportion of DSL connections by provider – 2009 – 2018
    • Table Growth in the number of DSL broadband subscribers – 2009 – 2019
    • Table Change in the number of DSL connections by type – 2007 – 2019
    • VDSL
      • Table Growth in the number of VDSL broadband subscribers – 2009 – 2018
    • PROVIDERS
      • Telekom Deutschland
        • Table Growth in the number of Telekom Deutschland's wholesale and resale lines – 2009 – 2019
      • United Internet
        • Table Development of United Internet's financial data – 2007 – 2019
        • Table Growth in the number of United Internet's subscribers by type– 2010 – 2019
      • Vodafone Germany
        • Table Growth in the number of Vodafone Germany's fixed broadband subscribers – 2010 – 2019
      • Telefónica Germany
        • Table Growth in the number of Telefónica Germany's fixed broadband subscribers – 2007 – 2019
      • QSC
        • Table QSC financial data – 2006 – 2019
    • G.FAST
  • Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
    • Table Growth in the number of households passed with fibre – 2007 – 2019
    • Table Annual net additions in FttP/B households passed and connected – 2011 – 2019
    • Table Growth in the number of active FttP/B connections by provider – 2012 – 2019
    • Table Change in the share of FttP/B connections by provider – 2011 – 2019
    • TELEKOM DEUTSCHLAND
      • Table Growth in the number of Telekom Deutschland's fibre subscribers – 2015 – 2019
    • OTHER DEVELOPMENTS
      • Other operators
  • Other fixed broadband services
    • BROADBAND POWERLINE (BPL)
    • FIXED WIRELESS
      • Wireless Local Loop (WLL)
      • WiMAX/Wi-Fi
      • Internet via satellite
  • Appendix – Historic data
    • Table Historic - Telekom Deutschland wholesale and resale lines – 2004 – 2009
    • Table Historic - Internet users and penetration rate – 1999 – 2015
    • Table Historic - Broadband lines by data rates (old format) – 2005 – 2013
    • Table Historic – Fixed broadband traffic, by year and average per connection – 2005 – 2009
    • Table Historic - Cable broadband subscribers – 2000 – 2009
    • Table Historic - Proportion of DSL connections by provider – 2001 – 2009
    • Table Historic - DSL broadband subscribers – 2001 – 2009
    • Table Historic - Proportion of broadband lines by data rates (old format) – 2005 – 2017
    • Table Historic - Share of fixed broadband lines by Telekom and altnets – 2003 – 2009
    • Table Historic - KDG financial data – 2007 – 2018
    • Table Historic - KDG internet and telephony RGUs – 2007 – 2018
    • Table Historic - KDG blended ARPU – 2007 – 2018
    • Table Historic - DSL lines by data rates – 2012 – 2016
    • Table Historic - Proportion of DSL lines by data rates – 2012 – 2016
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