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United Kingdom - Broadband - Fixed Network Insights, Statistics and Forecasts


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The UK’s broadband market enjoys excellent cross-platform competition, with comprehensive DSL complemented by cable networks which reach about half of all households. The DSL network has been upgraded during the last few years as a result of BT’s migration to its new 21CN. Virgin Media has emerged as the best provider in terms of realised speeds – the company has rolled out a 120Mb/s service across much of its footprint, with a programme during 2012 which doubled broadband speeds to customers. In addition, BT’s FttC/VDSL service should cover 66% of the population by 2015.

The market remains fiercely competitive as a result of regulatory measures to provide competitor access to BT’s exchanges, while similar measures have been undertaken to ensure equal access on fibre networks. Broadband has also been characterised by falling prices and by a gradual increase in average data speeds. United Kingdom - Broadband - Fixed Network Insights, Statistics and Forecasts profiles the overall UK broadband market, covering broadband technologies and including the latest statistics, an update on recent commercial initiatives, an assessment of Next Generation Access, and forecasts to 2020.

Key developments:

Virgin Media trials 1.5Gb/s cable broadband, extends 100Mb/s service to ten million households; government allocates £363 million for regional broadband schemes; Fujitsu, Virgin Media, TalkTalk and Cisco plan open-access FttH platform to five million homes; Virgin Media’s 100Mb/s platform reaches a quarter of all UK homes; superfast broadband accounting for almost 7% of all broadband lines; updates on eHealth initiatives; broadband availability influencing home buying habits; BT to extend ADSL2+ to 90% of premises by mid-2013, doubles FttC download to 80Mb/s; BT launches commercial FttH platform, reduces wholesale FttC offer from mid-2013; EC approves BDUK investment plan; O2 sells broadband and fixed-line business to BSkyB; community fibre deployment gaining traction; Rutland Telecom plans for county-wide FttH platform; BT trials 10Gb/s service using XGPON technology; Fujitsu connects first customers to its FttH network; BT developing 300Mb/s service; regulator’s 2011 market data and updates to Q1 2012; telcos’ operating and financial data to end-2012; market developments to May 2013.

Companies covered in this report include:

Virgin Media, BT, Kcom, Orange, Carphone Warehouse, BSkyB, O2.


1. Synopsis
2. Overview
2.1 Broadband statistics
2.2 Emerging trends
2.2.1 E-Health initiatives
2.2.2 Cloud services
2.2.3 Net neutrality
2.3 Government support
2.3.1 Digital Britain
2.3.2 Rural broadband
2.3.3 Municipal investment
2.3.4 Wholesale broadband
2.3.5 Access to cable networks
3. Cable modems
4. Asymmetrical Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL)
4.1 DSL providers
4.2 ADSL2+
4.3 SDSL
4.4 Very High Data Rate DSL (VDSL)
5. Fibre-to-the-Home (FttH) networks
5.1 BT
5.2 Virgin Media/Fujitsu
5.3 KCom
5.4 Other developments
5.5 FttC developments
5.6 Costing fibre
6. Broadband Powerline (BPL)
7. Forecasts – broadband subscribers – 2007 - 2012; 2020
7.1 Scenario 1 – higher broadband subscriber growth
7.2 Scenario 2 – lower broadband subscriber growth
7.3 Notes on scenario forecasts
8. Related reports
Table 1 – Fixed-line broadband retail revenue – 2001 - 2013
Table 2 – Broadband connections by type – 2002 - 2013
Table 3 – Internet connections by consumer group – 2003 - 2010
Table 4 – Share of fixed and mobile broadband subscribers by provider – 2006 - 2010
Table 5 – Market share of fixed-line broadband subscribers by provider – 2005 - 2011
Table 6 – Broadband penetration by technology – 2004 - 2013
Table 7 – Cable and DSL broadband subscribers – 2004 - 2013
Table 8 – Dial-up internet subscribers – 2004 - 2013
Table 9 – Percentage internet access by dial-up and broadband – 2000 - 2013
Table 10 – PC, broadband and internet household penetration – 2003 - 2013
Table 11 – Household broadband penetration by access type – 2007 - 2013
Table 12 – Value of e-commerce sales – 2007 - 2012
Table 13 – Internet daily traffic – 2005 - 2012
Table 14 – Consumer broadband download speed by market share – 2008 - 2012
Table 15 – Average headline broadband speed and cost – 2006 - 2013
Table 16 – Average broadband speed – 2008 - 2012
Table 17 – Average broadband speed by platform – 2010 - 2012
Table 18 – Superfast broadband subscribers and market share – 2010 - 2012
Table 19 – Virgin Media subscribers by sector – 2007 - 2012
Table 20 – Virgin Media ARPU – 2007 - 2012
Table 21 – Virgin Media revenue – 2007 - 2012
Table 22 – xDSL subscribers – 2000 - 2013
Table 23 – BT retail and wholesale broadband subscribers – 2004 - 2012
Table 24 – BT retail and wholesale revenue – 2009 - 2012
Table 25 – FttC availability and projected speeds by distance – 2012
Table 26 – Household availability of BT FttC network – 2010 - 2014
Table 27 – Household superfast broadband availability by technology – 2010 - 2012
Table 28 – Estimated cost of fibre by deployment technology
Table 29 – Forecast broadband subscribers – higher market growth scenario – 2010 - 2012; 2020
Table 30 – Forecast broadband penetration – higher market growth scenario – 2007 - 2012; 2020
Chart 1 – Broadband connections by type – 2002 – 2013
Chart 2 – Internet connections by consumer group – 2003 - 2010
Chart 3 – Cable and DSL broadband subscribers – 2004 - 2013
Chart 4 – Virgin Media subscribers by sector – 2007 - 2012
Chart 5 – BT retail and wholesale broadband subscribers – 2004 - 2012
Chart 6 – BT retail and wholesale revenue (year to Mar) – 2009 - 2012
Chart 7 – Forecast broadband subscribers – higher market growth scenario – 2007 - 2012; 2020
Chart 8 – Forecast broadband subscribers – lower market growth scenario – 2007 - 2012; 2020

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