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


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

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, FttP, WiFi and WiMAX broadband markets. It also includes an updated analysis on recent court rulings affecting net neutrality.

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; Sprint makes bid for remaining 50% of Clearwire; 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 2013; market developments to early 2014.

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 FCC change of chairman opportunities to advance telecoms
3.5 Gigabit City Challenge
3.6 Universal Service Fund
3.6.1 From Universal Service to Universal Broadband
3.6.2 Telco obstruction
3.7 Private networks
3.8 Net neutrality
3.8.1 Net neutrality analysis 2014
4. Cable broadband
4.1 New technologies
4.2 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
7.2.1 WiFi Networks
7.3 WiMAX
7.4 Municipal wireless broadband
7.4.1 Los Angeles
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 - 2014
Table 3 Broadband lines by major technology 2005 - 2010
Table 4 Proportion of broadband subscribers with access to data speeds, by platform June 2012
Table 5 USA broadband penetration and OECD ranking 2001 - 2013
Table 6 Population with access to fixed broadband, by speed Jun 2012
Table 7 US cable industry infrastructure expenditure 2000 - 2012
Table 8 Top 10 cable MSOs' coverage, subscribers and penetration by technology 2010; 2012 - 2013
Table 9 US cable modem subscribers and annual change 2000 - 2013
Table 10 Subscribers for top cable modem providers 2006 - 2013
Table 11 Average DSL and FttP traffic by subscriber (GB/month) 2012
Table 12 Average traffic use by subscriber profile 2012
Table 13 Verizon wireline (FiOS) operational data 2010 - 2013
Table 14 AT&T operational data 2011 - 2013
Table 15 Frontier Communications revenue 2008 - 2013
Table 16 Frontier Communications customers by sector 2011 - 2013
Table 17 DSL subscribers 2000 - 2014
Table 18 DSL subscribers by major carrier 2007 - 2013
Table 19 - Online US video usage 2011
Table 20 - Fastest growing US retail e-commerce categories 2009 2010
Table 21 - Online retail sales 2003 2014
Table 22 Forecast broadband subscribers and penetration lower growth scenario 2010 - 2016
Table 23 Forecast broadband subscribers and penetration higher growth scenario 2010 - 2016
Chart 1 Broadband (fixed and fixed-wireless) subscribers and penetration 2000 2014
Chart 2 US cable modem subscribers and annual change 2002 2013
Chart 3 Verizon wireline (FiOS) operational data 2010 2013
Chart 4 AT&T operational data 2011 2013
Chart 5 DSL subscribers 2002 2014
Exhibit 1 Cable broadband drives cable VoIP

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