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Global - Broadband and FttH - Key Statistics and Insights


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In the global telecoms industry, it looks as though 2013 will be remembered as the year when construction of new Greenfield HFC networks came to a halt. Of course, there will still be upgrades to existing networks but the cost of fibre deployment – linked to its much lower operational cost – is now convincing cablecos and telcos alike to build new fibre networks wherever possible. This is not necessarily directly driven by customer demand, but by network costs and network efficiencies. There is increasing evidence (e.g. Netherlands, China, Japan, Korea, France, Israel, Switzerland, Norway and Sweden) that customers will come forward once affordable FttH services become available.

This report provides a valuable overview of the global broadband market including key global broadband statistics. The report identifies the leading broadband markets and provides key broadband statistics and forecasts including information on subscribers, access technologies, speeds and pricing. The report also includes a case study on Asia.

Latest developments:

In 2013 there are around 2.7 billion fixed internet users worldwide and around 25% of these will have access to fixed broadband; With more and more video applications being used in ever increasing broader markets; there is a widespread interest in upgrading to higher-speed services; VDSL shipments have recently risen on the back of a rising number of network upgrades occurring in Europe; Broadband pricing differs according to technology and there are also regional variances.


1. Synopsis
2. The end of HFC and FttN networks is approaching
2.1 Globally, no more new HFC networks
2.2 Stretching out the life of copper cables
2.3 The FttH tipping point
2.4 FttH is the only long-term solution
2.5 Good quality HFC and FttN – interim solutions
2.6 The key issue – regulation, not technology
3. FttH - awesome - but what is its purpose?
3.1 Mobile broadband: killer app for FttH
4. Global fixed broadband market summary
4.1 Broadband subscribers and penetration
4.2 Broadband access technologies and pricing
4.3 Broadband speeds and revenue
4.4 Global major 11 broadband carriers by subscribers
5. Countries with broadband policies
5.1 Case study: Asia
6. The submarine cable conundrum
6.1.1 Snapshot of submarine cable around the world
6.1.2 Regional overview
7. Related reports
Table 1 – Global - internet users and annual change – 2009 - 2013
Table 2 – Regional - share of broadband subscribers – Q1 2011
Table 3 – Global - fixed broadband subscribers and annual change – 2005 - 2013
Table 4 – Top ten broadband countries by subscribers – Q2 2012
Table 5 – Regional - share of broadband household penetration – Q 2012
Table 6 – Market penetration of households with broadband access as a percentage of all households – selected countries – 2009 - 2011
Table 7 – Broadband market share by access technology – 2008; Mid 2010; Mid 2012
Table 8 – Average broadband price per month – selected countries – Q1 2013
Table 9 – OECD – top 5 countries with most expensive and cheapest broadband price per Mb/s - March 2012
Table 10 – Global - average entry level monthly broadband price by technology – Q4 2010 - 2012
Table 11 – Regional - average entry level monthly broadband price by technology – Q2 2012
Table 12 – Average broadband connection speed - top 10 countries – Q1 2011; Q4 2011; Q4 2012
Table 13 – Global - average overall fixed broadband and upload speeds – 2008 - 2012
Table 14 – Global – total broadband services revenue – 2011; 2012
Table 15 – Major 11 broadband carriers by subscribers – 2010; 2011
Table 16 – Countries with existing national policies to adopt broadband – 2012
Table 17 - Asia - fixed (wired) broadband markets ranked by population penetration - June 2012
Chart 1 – Global - fixed broadband subscribers - 2005 – 2013
Chart 2 - Major 11 broadband carriers by subscribers – 2010; 2011
Exhibit 1 – Faster broadband speeds offer more than just fast Internet
Exhibit 2 – Why the average home will soon require 50Mb/s
Exhibit 3 – Broadband drives the digital economy

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