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USA - Fixed Broadband Market - Statistics and Analyses

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 G.fast. 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, since 2017 these two operators have been fully focussed on FttP, shifting their investment efforts from a hybrid fibre-copper architecture. AT&T alone aims to cover almost 13 million premises with FttP by mid-2019. Verizon had a patchy experience with its FttN rollouts and so has chosen to switch deployment to FttP.

Although Google Fiber, as one of the key proponents of gigabit services, began scaling back its efforts at the end of the year it still promotes services in a number of markets. Altice USA is among those traditional cable broadband providers which have switched investments to fibre, believing that services based on GPON technology can be rendered more cost effective by using aerial rather than underground cabling.

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 Eight Fixed Broadband report, published in December 2018, revealed 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:

Altice USA split off from parent company Altice;
Charter Communications launches 1Gb/s DOCSIS3.1 service;
Round 2 auction of the Connect America Fund completed;
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, approves $2 billion to improve Wi-Fi to schools, releases Broadband Progress Report;
Report update includes telcos' operating and financial data to Q3 2018, 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


  • SYNOPSIS
  • INTRODUCTION AND STATISTICAL OVERVIEW
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
    • BROADBAND STATISTICS
      • Table Historic - Internet users and penetration – 2000 – 2009
      • Table Internet users and penetration – 2010 – 2018
      • Table Historic - Broadband subscribers and penetration – 2000 - 2009
      • Table Broadband subscribers and penetration – 2010 - 2018
    • FORECASTS – BROADBAND SUBSCRIBERS – 2019; 2021; 2023
      • Table Forecast broadband subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023
  • POLICY AND REGULATION FRAMEWORK
    • NETWORK REGULATION OVERVIEW
    • BROADBAND STIMULUS PACKAGE
    • FCC'S NATIONAL BROADBAND PLAN
      • Table Fixed broadband subscribers by data rate – 2012 - 2016
      • Table Fixed broadband population coverage by data rate – 2012 - 2016
    • PRIVATE NETWORKS
    • NETWORK NEUTRALITY
  • HYBRID FIBRE COAX (HFC) NETWORKS
    • Table Top 10 cable MSOs' subscribers – 2010; 2012 - 2018
    • Table US cable modem subscribers – 2000 - 2018
    • NEW TECHNOLOGIES
    • CABLE OPERATORS
      • Altice USA
        • Table Historic - Cablevision subscriptions by service – 2011 - 2015
        • Table Historic - Cablevision financial data – 2011 - 2015
        • Table Altice USA RGUs by service – 2016 - 2018
        • Table Optimum RGUs by service – 2015 - 2018
        • Table Suddenlink RGUs by service – 2015 - 2018
        • Table Altice USA financial data – 2016 - 2018
        • Table Altice USA revenue by type – 2016 - 2018
        • Table Suddenlink financial data – 2016 - 2018
        • Table Cablevision financial data – 2016 - 2018
      • Comcast Corporation
        • Table Comcast financial data – 2015 - 2018
        • Table Comcast revenue by service– 2012 - 2018
        • Table Comcast subscriptions by service – 2012 - 2018
        • Table Comcast bundled services subscriptions – 2014 - 2018
      • Charter Communications
        • Table Charter Communications financial data – 2015 - 2018
        • Table Charter Communications residential revenue by type – 2015 - 2018
        • Table Charter Communications residential RGUs by type – 2015 - 2018
  • DIGITAL SUBSCRIBER LINE (DSL) NETWORKS
    • INTRODUCTION
      • Table Broadband subscribers for major telco providers – 2009 - 2018
    • VERIZON
      • Table Verizon wireline (FiOS) operational data – 2010 - 2018
      • Table Verizon wireline financial data – 2014 - 2018
    • AT&T
      • Table AT&T fixed-line operational data – 2011 - 2018
      • Table AT&T financial data – 2011 - 2018
    • FRONTIER COMMUNICATIONS
      • Table Frontier Communications revenue – 2008 - 2018
      • Table Frontier Communications customers by sector – 2011 - 2018
    • G.FAST DEVELOPMENTS
  • OTHER FIXED BROADBAND SERVICES
    • WI-FI
    • WIMAX
    • MUNICIPAL WIRELESS BROADBAND
      • Next Century Cities
      • Los Angeles
      • Other developments
    • STATE AND MUNICIPAL DEPLOYMENTS
    • SATELLITE BROADBAND
    • PLC
  • DIGITAL -ECONOMY
    • E-SERVICES
      • E-entertainment
      • E-health
      • E-government
      • E-education
      • E-commerce
  • DIGITAL MEDIA
    • VIDEOSTREAMING
    • MUSIC STREAMING
  • RELATED REPORTS

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