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Global Broadband - Countries Embrace National Broadband Networks

Fibre infrastructure making inroads

The majority of governments around the world have now accepted that national broadband networks are the way forward with over 140 countries around the world having concrete national broadband networks in place.

The challenge now is to put these policies into practice and implement these policies. Ultimately all of these broadband plans will require national fibre optic networks. There simply is no other technology that can handle the capacity of data and applications that will be needed to run the cities and countries from today onwards. This infrastructure needs to be robust. It has to have enormous capacity. It needs to be secure and to be able to protect privacy.

All agree that a broadband infrastructure is needed to face the economic and social challenges that lie ahead and broadband infrastructure is perceived by all to be critical for the development of the digital economy, healthcare, education, e-government and so on. The resource-rich countries have embarked on large-scale FttP projects in order to diversify their economies.

With more and more countries rolling out FttP networks, the knowledge base of the technology has increased, while at the same time the cost of deployment has decreased. Around the world, FttP has become the norm in Greenfield deployments.

A well-designed network will be able to support different applications in the future, including those not well supported by either today’s ‘telecom’ or ‘Internet’, or other applications not even conceived yet. The most important technological consideration should be that it is flexible.

It will take time to achieve the big social and economic benefits and the key reason for this are that the availability of fast broadband is sufficiently new and insufficiently ubiquitous that we cannot yet expect to see all of the productivity benefits.

Key developments:

FttP rollouts are occurring in some developing economies such as Indonesia, South Africa, Brazil, and India, where there is demand in at least the top 5% of the market. In such economies this immediately translates into tens of millions of users.

In terms of broadband penetration, the top 5 countries globally include: Switzerland; Norway; Denmark; The Netherlands and France.

Resolving the issues surrounding control and governance of the Internet is of fundamental importance to the future success of the Internet.

There is no doubt that the Google Fiber project been a success and it has announced over 30 more areas which it will move into with its fibre networks - putting more and more pressure on the US incumbents.

Global broadband speeds continue to rise and at the end of 2014 the global average sat at 4.5 mb/s.

Global broadband prices are declining in most parts of the world, making it more affordable and therefore more obtainable to the greater population. However in many of the developing countries the average decline rate in broadband pricing has begun to slow.

With more and more video applications being used in ever increasing broader markets; there is a widespread interest and pressure to offer higher-speed services.

Asia is a key broadband market and accounted for around 46% of global fixed broadband subscribers coming into 2015.


  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • MAJORITY OF COUNTRIES HAVE BROADBAND NETWORKS PLANS
    • GLOBAL PROGRESS TOWARDS NATIONAL BROADBAND NETWORKS
      • Why National broadband Networks are so important
      • The many aspects of broadband infrastructure
      • Is ICT the panacea for global development?
      • Technology critical consideration
      • National Broadband Network Company
      • Wireless broadband
      • Other quick-win areas
      • Trans-sector government
      • National broadband; leadership required
      • Countries with broadband policies
        • Table Countries with existing national broadband policies - 2014
      • National broadband network examples
        • Table Australia - broadband market share by technology and annual change - 2008 - 2014
        • Table Kenya - mobile internet subscribers by provider - 2013 - 2014
        • Table South Korea - broadband subscribers and households - January 2015
        • Table South Korea - broadband internet subscriber numbers by system - 1998 - 2015
    • BROADBAND COMMISSION FOR DEVELOPMENT
      • Overview
      • Developments in 2015
      • Positive global stats - moving on to Sustainable Development Goals
  • BROADBAND INFRASTRUCTURE IN THE GLOBAL CONTEXT
    • BROADBAND INFRASTRUCTURE AND THE ECONOMY
      • Economic prosperity depends on digital productivity
      • ICT industry has the driver's seat
      • Transformation requires open ICT infrastructure
      • Brief insights into ICT infrastructure developments
      • Collaborative trans-sector policies
      • Effect of Australia's NBN on the rest of the world
      • The issue is Industry Transformation, not Broadband
      • The impact on the economy
      • Conclusion
      • Paul Budde Consultancy
    • NET NEUTRALITY AND INTERNET GOVERNANCE:AKEY ISSUE
      • Complex societies depend on ICT infrastructure
      • The Internet and the economy - in statistics
      • Control of the internet
        • Table Global - Internet users and annual change - 2009 - 2015
      • USA and Network neutrality
      • The two sides of Net Neutrality - update 2015
      • E-security
      • Cybercrime
      • Security developments
        • Table Global IT security spending - 2011 - 2016
      • Be prepared with robust national infrastructure
      • Conclusion - infrastructure essential for the digital economy
  • GLOBAL BROADBAND STATISTICS AND TRENDS
    • MARKET OVERVIEW AND STATISTICS
      • Market-led demand for FttP is picking up
      • Mobile broadband: killer app for FttP
      • Positive outlook for investments in backbones
        • Table Global Internet Bandwidth Growth by Tb/s - 2010 - 2014
      • Global fixed broadband market summary
        • Table Global - Internet users and annual change - 2009 - 2015
        • Table Global - fixed broadband subscribers and annual change - 2005 - 2015
        • Table Regional -Market share of fixed broadband subscribers - 2014
        • Table Top ten broadband countries by subscribers - Q1 2013; Q4 2014
        • Table Top ten broadband countries by penetration - 2012; Q3 2014
        • Table Global - broadband subscribers by access technology - Q1 2014
        • Table Global - broadband market share by access technology - Q1 2013; Q1 2014
        • Table Global - average broadband speed by mb/s - 2012; 2013; 2014
        • Table Top 10 countries by high broadband connectivity of above 10Mb/s
        • Table Average broadband connection speed - top 10 countries -Q4 2012; Q4 2013; Q4 2014
        • Table Global - total broadband services revenue - 2011 - 2014
      • Top 10 major fixed-line carriers worldwide by subscribers
        • Table Top 10 major fixed-line parent carriers worldwide by subscribers - 2013
  • REGIONAL OVERVIEWS
    • NORTH AMERICA
      • USA
        • Table Market competition: proportion of broadband subscribers by speed band - 2014
      • Canada
    • LATIN AMERICA
      • Overview
      • Brazil
        • Table Average broadband access speed (download) - 2008 - 2014
      • Argentina
      • Mexico
    • EUROPE
      • Overview
        • Table Europe - broadband indicators (household) - 2011 - 2014
        • Table Europe - share of broadband connections by speed - 2011 - 2014
      • Broadband plans
      • France
        • Table FttP premises through network sharing - 2010 - 2015
      • Latvia
      • Lithuania
      • Spain
      • Sweden
      • Finland
    • AFRICA
      • Overview
      • IXPs
      • Ghana
      • Tanzania
      • Mauritius
      • Algeria
      • Egypt
      • Morocco
      • South Africa
      • Kenya
      • Libya
      • Rwanda
      • Zimbabwe
    • MIDDLE EAST
      • Overview
        • Table Arab States - Regional market share of fixed broadband subscribers - 2014
      • Bahrain
        • Table Bahrain - Internet users and penetration estimates - 2015
        • Table Bahrain - broadband subscribers - 2015
      • Iran
        • Table Iran - internet users and penetration estimates - 1996 - 2015
        • Table Iran - fixed broadband subscribers - 2000 - 2015
      • Iraq
        • Table Iraq - internet user penetration and estimates - 2001 - 2014
        • Table Iraq - fixed broadband subscribers - 2006 - 2014
      • Israel
        • Table Israel - internet users and penetration - 1997 - 2014
        • Table Israel - fixed broadband subscribers - 2001 - 2014
      • Jordan
        • Table Jordan - Internet subscribers by access method - 2009 -2014
      • Kuwait
        • Table Kuwait - internet users and penetration - 1995 - 2014
        • Table Kuwait - fixed Broadband subscribers - 2014
      • Lebanon
        • Table Lebanon- internet user and penetration estimates - 1995 - 2015
        • Table Lebanon - fixed broadband subscribers and penetration - 2002 - 2015
      • Oman
        • Table Oman - internet users and penetration - 1998 - 2014
        • Table Oman - fixed broadband subscribers - 2004 - 2014
      • Qatar
        • Table Qatar - internet users and penetration - 1995 - 2014
        • Table Qatar - fixed broadband subscribers - 2002 - 2014
      • Saudi Arabia
        • Table Saudi Arabia - fixed broadband subscriptions - technologies and penetration - 2008 – 2015
      • Syria
        • Table Syria - internet user and penetration rate - 1999 - 2014
        • Table Syria - fixed broadband subscribers - 2004 - 2014
      • Turkey
        • Table Turkey - internet user and penetration rate - 1998 - 2014
        • Table Turkey - broadband subscribers and penetration - 2009 - 2014
        • Table Turkey - broadband subscribers by access technology - 2009 - 2013
      • United Arab Emirates
        • Table UAE - internet users and penetration - 1995 - 2015
        • Table UAE - fixed broadband subscribers and penetration - 2001 - 2015
      • Yemen
        • Table Yemen - internet user and penetration estimates - 1997 - 2014
        • Table Yemen - fixed broadband subscribers - 2005 - 2014
    • ASIA
      • Overview
        • Table FttX subscribers - Asia v. Global - 2003 - 2014
      • Japan
        • Table Japan - Fixed broadband subscribers by access type - 2005 - 2015
        • Table Japan - Fixed broadband subscriber annual change / market share by access type - 2005 – 2015
        • Table Japan - FttH subscribers and market share by operator - 2010 - 2015
        • Table Japan FttH subscribers and penetration - 2005 - 2015
      • South Korea
        • Table South Korea - Fixed broadband internet subscriber growth and penetration rate - 2005 – 2015
        • Table South Korea - Broadband subscribers and households - January 2015
        • Table South Korea - Broadband market share by operator - January 2015
        • Table South Korea - Broadband internet subscriber numbers by system - 2005 - 2015
      • Singapore
        • Table Singapore - Broadband subscribers - 2005 - 2015
        • Table Singapore - Overview of broadband/household subscribers - March 2015
        • Table Singapore - Broadband subscribers by sector - March 2015
        • Table Singapore - Broadband market share - by major access types - March 2015
        • Table Singapore - FttP broadband subscribers - 2011 - 2015
      • Malaysia
        • Table Malaysia - Fixed broadband subscribers - 2005 - 2015
        • Table Malaysia - Total broadband subscribers and household penetration - 2009 - 2015
        • Table Malaysia - Fixed broadband subscribers and households - 2014
        • Table Malaysia - Mobile broadband subscribers and penetration - 2007 - 2014
        • Table Malaysia - UniFi broadband subscribers and premises passed - 2010 - 2015
        • Table Malaysia - FttX subscribers - 2008 - 2014
      • China
        • Table China - Broadband subscribers, annual change and penetration - 2005 - 2014
        • Table China - Broadband subscribers and households - October 2014
        • Table China Telecom broadband subscribers and annual change - 2005 - 2014
        • Table China Unicom broadband subscribers and annual change - 2005 - 2014
        • Table China - FttP subscribers - 2006 - 2014
      • Taiwan
        • Table Taiwan - Fixed-line broadband subscribers, penetration and proportion of internet subscribers - 2005 – 2015
        • Table Taiwan - Fixed-line and wireless broadband subscribers by technology - 2005 - 2015
        • Table Taiwan - Fixed broadband subscribers and households - April 2015
        • Table Taiwan - FttP subscribers - 2007 - 2015
        • Table Taiwan - Chunghwa Telecom broadband subscribers by technology and market share - 2005 – 2014
    • PACIFIC REGION
      • Australia
        • Table Australia - broadband subscribers by platform - 2009 - 2014
        • Table Australia - wireless internet subscribers by access technology - 2009 - 2014
        • Table Australia - fixed-line broadband data usage by users - 2008 - 2014
        • Table Australia - household/individual broadband connections - 2012 - 2014
      • New Zealand
        • Table New Zealand - fixed-line broadband penetration by access method - 2007 - 2014
        • Table New Zealand - fixed-line broadband connections by data cap (per month) - 2011 – 2014
        • Table New Zealand - fixed-broadband subscribers - 2006 - 2015
        • Table New Zealand - dial-up internet subscribers - 2011 - 2015
        • Table New Zealand - average data consumption- 2011 - 2015
        • Table New Zealand - proportion of broadband subscriptions by data rate - 2012 - 2013
        • Table New Zealand - Estimated cost of building the UFB

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