Market Research Logo

USA - Fixed and Wireless Broadband Market - Insights Statistics and Forecasts


Attention: There is an updated edition available for this report.

The US still trails its OECD counterparts in terms of broadband penetration, speed and affordability. Nevertheless, the market is currently witnessing significant investment activity in fibre deployments, HFC upgrades and mobile broadband network rollout. Much of the investment in fibre is being undertaken by a significant number of smaller players and municipalities rather than the two key telcos, which are concentrating on a hybrid fibre/copper network and limiting future upgrades beyond what has already been achieved. Broadband services in most regions still lack effective competition, with the AT&T and Verizon managing an effective duopoly in many areas of the country. 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.

A number of important policy statements have been made by the government and FCC indicating that policy-makers and regulators alike, concerned about the comparatively slow pace of US broadband developments, recognise the need for substantial structural change and regulatory reform. In addition, there is growing recognition of the importance of a trans-sectoral approach to broadband networks including, for instance, the health, education and energy sectors, in order to fully realise the benefits of the nascent digital economy.

This report provides overviews, analysis, relevant statistics and subscriber forecasts on the US cable, DSL, FttH, WiFi and WiMAX broadband markets.

Key developments:

Verizon stops selling stand-alone DSL service; NTIA reports on 2012 funding progress; FCC revises rules to allow WCS license holders to use 30MHz of spectrum in the 2.3GHz band; new rules to shape e-health developments; WhiteFi launches using analogue TV spectrum; FCC issues ‘Gigabit City Challenge’; telcos’ operating and financial data to Q4 2012; market developments to May 2013.

Companies included in this report include:

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


1. Synopsis
2. US broadband market
2.1 Broadband market overview
2.2 Broadband market statistics
3. Policy and regulation framework
3.1 Network regulation overview
3.2 Broadband stimulus package
3.3 FCC’s National Broadband Plan
3.4 Gigabit City Challenge
3.5 Universal Service Fund
3.5.1 From Universal Service to Universal Broadband
3.5.2 Telco obstruction
3.6 Private networks
4. Cable broadband
4.1 Cable broadband statistics
5. Digital Subscriber Line (DSL)
5.1 DSL overview
5.2 Verizon
5.3 AT&T
5.4 Frontier Communications
5.5 DSL statistics
6. PLC
7. Fixed wireless broadband
7.1 Overview
7.2 WiFi
7.3 WiMAX
7.4 Municipal wireless broadband
7.5 State deployments
7.6 Satellite broadband
8. E-services
8.1 E-entertainment
8.2 E-health
8.3 E-government
8.4 E-education
9. E-commerce, m-commerce and online advertising
9.1 E-commerce
10. Forecasts
10.1 Overview
10.2 Notes on scenario forecasts
11. Related reports
Table 2 – Broadband (fixed and fixed wireless) subscribers and penetration – 2000 - 2013
Table 3 – Broadband use by demographic profile – 2005; 2008; 2010, 2012
Table 4 – Broadband lines by major technology – 2005 - 2010
Table 5 – Top cable and DSL providers, subscribers and market share – 2011
Table 6 – Top cable and DSL providers, subscribers and market share – 2011
Table 7 – USA broadband penetration and OECD ranking – 2001 - 2012
Table 8 – Population with access to fixed broadband, by speed – Jun 2012
Table 9 – US cable industry infrastructure expenditure – 2000 - 2012
Table 10 – Top 10 cable MSOs’ coverage, subscribers and penetration by technology – 2010; 2012
Table 11 – US cable modem subscribers and annual change – 2000 - 2012
Table 12 – Subscribers for top cable modem providers – 2005 - 2012
Table 13 – Average DSL and FttH traffic by subscriber (GB/month) – 2012
Table 14 – Average traffic use by subscriber profile – 2012
Table 15 – Top US telco DSL broadband providers, by subscribers – 2011 - 2012
Table 16 – Top DSL providers, market share – 2011
Table 17 – Verizon wireline (FiOS) operational data – 2010 - 2012
Table 18 – AT&T operational data – 2011 - 2012
Table 19 – Frontier Communications operational data – Sept 2012
Table 20 – DSL subscribers – 2000 - 2012
Table 21 – DSL subscribers by major carrier – 2005 - 2011
Table 22 - Online US video usage – 2011
Table 23 - Top US online video sites statistics – January 2011
Table 24 - Ten largest US social networking sites and forums – 2011
Table 25 - Fastest growing US retail e-commerce categories – 2009 – 2010
Table 26 - Online retail sales – 2003 – 2013
Table 27 – Forecast broadband subscribers and penetration – lower growth scenario – 2010 - 2016
Table 28 – Forecast broadband subscribers and penetration – higher growth scenario – 2010 - 2016
Chart 1 – Broadband (fixed and fixed-wireless) subscribers and penetration – 2000 – 2013
Chart 2 – US cable modem subscribers and annual change – 2002 – 2012
Chart 3 – Verizon wireline (FiOS) operational data – 2010 – 2012
Chart 4 – DSL subscribers – 2002 – 2012
Exhibit 1 – Cable broadband drives cable VoIP

Download our eBook: How to Succeed Using Market Research

Learn how to effectively navigate the market research process to help guide your organization on the journey to success.

Download eBook

Share this report