USA - Fixed Broadband Market - Statistics and Analyses

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USA - Fixed Broadband Market - Statistics and Analyses

The US broadband market is seeing significant investment activity in fibre deployments, HFC upgrades with DOCSIS3.1 technology, and to a lesser extent In addition, the market players are in the forefront with developing technologies and services based on 5G, which will facilitate the ability of customers to access their bundled services. For some years much of the investment in fibre was undertaken by a number of smaller players and municipalities rather than the two key telcos, AT&T and Verizon, which had concentrated on a hybrid fibre/copper network.

However, there has been a significant shift in the market since 2016. One of the key proponents of gigabit services, Google Fiber, began scaling back its efforts at the end of the year, though it still promotes services in a number of markets. At the same time, AT&T and Verizon have shifted their investment efforts from a hybrid fibre-copper architecture to pure fibre. AT&T expected to provide a 1Gb/s FttP service to 12.5 million premises by 2019, with a view to upgrading to XG(S)-PON within a few years. For its part, Verizon had a patchy experience with its FttN rollouts and so has chosen to switch deployment to FttP.

At the same time a growing number of cablecos have launched DOCSIS3.1 services, able to provide data at 1Gb/s and above. Future HFC technologies promise considerably faster speeds in the years ahead.

Broadband services in most regions still lack effective competition, with AT&T and Verizon managing an effective duopoly in many areas of the country. Both are looking to expand their reach and service capabilities, with AT&T's proposed acquisition of Time Warner prompting Verizon to consider responding with further acquisitions of its own. Municipal activity, often geared at breaking this stranglehold and introducing competition and innovation, continues to be stymied by lobbying pressure from these main telcos, which has led to almost half of the states banning or restricting municipal or state-led infrastructure projects.

There is growing recognition of the importance of a trans-sectoral approach to broadband networks, including the health, education and energy sectors, in order to fully realise the benefits of the nascent digital economy. The FCC's 2016 Broadband Progress Report reveals how much still needs to be done to move the US broadband market forward.

This report reviews several aspects of the cable, DSL, FttP, Wi-Fi and WiMAX broadband markets in the US. It provides market analyses as well as a range of relevant statistics in general and on the key operators.

Key developments:

Charter Communications launches 1Gb/s DOCSIS3.1 service; Comcast expands DOCSIS3.1 markets; Altice Group acquires Suddenlink Communications and CablevisiĆ³n, rebrands as Altice USA; $1.5 billion allocated to round 2 of the Connect America Fund; Frontier acquires Verizon's wireline assets in three western states for $10.5 billion; New York state proposal for $1 billion investment in broadband infrastructure, using state and private funds; Next Century Cities program expands to 50 cities developing affordable broadband solutions; USDA makes available $190.5 million in loans and grants for rural broadband; FCC rules 25Mb/s as a newly defined broadband speed; FCC approves $2 billion to improve Wi-Fi to schools; FCC releases 2016 Broadband Progress Report; report update includes telcos' operating and financial data to Q3 2017, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Clearwire, Sprint, AT&T, Verizon, MetroPCS, US Cellular, Qwest, CenturyLink, Frontier Communications, Windstream, Fairpoint, Cincinnati Bell, Comcast, Google, HughesNet, ViaSat

1. Synopsis
2. Introduction and statistical overview
2.1 Market analysis
2.2 Broadband statistics
2.3 Forecasts broadband subscribers 2018; 2020; 2022
2.3.1 Notes on scenario forecasts
3. Policy and regulation framework
3.1 Network regulation overview
3.2 Broadband stimulus package
3.3 FCC's National Broadband Plan
3.4 Universal Service Fund
3.4.1 From Universal Service to Universal Broadband
3.4.2 Telco obstruction
3.4.3 State and municipal broadband developments
3.5 Private networks
3.6 Network neutrality
4. Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
4.1 New technologies
4.2 Cable operators
4.2.1 Altice USA
4.2.2 Comcast Corporation
4.2.3 Charter Communications
5. Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
5.1 Introduction
5.2 Verizon
5.3 AT&T
5.4 Frontier Communications
5.5 developments
6. Other fixed broadband services
6.1 Introduction
6.2 Wi-Fi
6.2.1 Wi-Fi Networks
6.2.2 AT&T
6.3 WiMAX
6.4 Municipal wireless broadband
6.4.1 Next Century Cities
6.4.2 Los Angeles
6.4.3 Other developments
6.5 State and municipal deployments
6.6 Satellite broadband
7. PLC
8. Digital -economy
8.1 E-services
8.1.1 E-entertainment
8.1.2 E-health
8.1.3 E-government
8.1.4 E-education
8.1.5 E-commerce
9. Digital media
9.1 Videostreaming
9.2 OTT and cord-cutting
9.3 Music streaming
10. Related reports
Table 3 Historic - Broadband subscribers and penetration 2000 - 2009
Table 4 Broadband subscribers and penetration 2010 - 2017
Table 5 Forecast broadband subscribers 2018; 2020; 2022
Table 6 Market competition: proportion of broadband subscribers by speed band 2014
Table 7 Market competition: proportion of broadband subscribers 2015
Table 8 Top 10 cable MSOs' subscribers 2010; 2012 - 2016
Table 9 US cable modem subscribers 2000 - 2016
Table 10 Historic - Cablevision subscriptions by service 2011 - 2015
Table 11 Historic - Cablevision financial data 2011 - 2015
Table 12 Altice USA RGUs by service 2015 - 2017
Table 13 Altice USA financial data 2016 - 2017
Table 14 Altice USA revenue by type 2016 - 2017
Table 15 Suddenlink financial data 2015 - 2016
Table 16 Suddenlink RGUs by service 2015 2016
Table 17 Comcast financial data 2015 - 2016
Table 18 Comcast revenue by service 2012 - 2017
Table 19 Comcast subscriptions by service 2012 - 2017
Table 20 Comcast bundled services subscriptions 2014 - 2017
Table 21 Time Warner financial data 2008 - 2015
Table 22 Charter Communications financial data 2015 - 2017
Table 23 Charter Communications residential revenue by type 2015 - 2017
Table 24 Charter Communications residential RGUs by type 2015 - 2017
Table 25 Broadband subscribers for major telco providers 2008 - 2016
Table 26 Verizon wireline (FiOS) operational data 2010 - 2017
Table 27 Verizon wireline financial data 2014 - 2017
Table 28 AT&T fixed-line operational data 2011 - 2017
Table 29 AT&T financial data 2011 - 2016
Table 30 Frontier Communications revenue 2008 - 2017
Table 31 Frontier Communications customers by sector 2011 - 2017
Table 32 - Online retail sales 2003 2018
Table 33 Proportion of viewers receiving content, by platform 2014 2016
Table 34 Music streaming revenue by type 2012 - 2014
Table 35 Music access by household 2012 - 2014
Table 36 Music streaming revenue by type 2012 - 2014
Chart 1 Broadband subscribers and penetration 2010 2017
Chart 2 Comcast revenue by service 2012 2017
Chart 3 Comcast subscriptions by service 2012 2017
Chart 4 Verizon wireline (FiOS) operational data 2010 2017
Chart 5 AT&T operational data 2011 2017
Chart 6 AT&T financial data 2011 2016

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