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United Kingdom - Fixed Broadband Market - Statistics and Analyses


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United Kingdom - Fixed Broadband Market - Statistics and Analyses

The UK's broadband market enjoys excellent cross-platform competition. DSL infrastructure is comprehensively available, while the main cable operator Virgin Media, owned by Liberty Global, aims to increase its footprint to cover about two-thirds of premises by 2019. The DSL network has been upgraded during the last few years with VDSL and Long Reach VDSL technologies, while British Telecom is also introducing G.fast as part of its multi-technology mix to provide ultra-fast broadband services to some 12 million premises by 2020. Virgin Media has also entered the fibre market, aiming to provide FttP to about one million customers while most of the remainder will eventually be serviced with the new DOCSIS3.1 standard. Openreach's wholesale FttP service covered some 327,000 premises by the end of 2016 and is expected to reach over two million by the end of 2020.

The broadband market in recent years has been characterised by falling consumer prices and by a gradual increase in average data speeds, which by the end of 2016 approached 29Mb/s by early 2016.For its part, the government has committed to invest over £1 billion in broadband infrastructure through new investment funds, including £400 million in rolling out FttP services.

This report 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 2021.

Key developments:

Openreach aiming to commercialise Dark Fibre Access product by October 2017; CityFibre expands 1Gb/s reach; BT developing G.fast technology to provide 1Gb/s services; Openreach increases wholesale FttP product to provide 1Gb/s; Ofcom imposes VULA wholesale pricing for BT; Virgin Media introduces a 330Mb/s broadband service; Hyperoptic expands its FttP network; government to invest £1 billion of fibre infrastructure and 5G technologies; BT launches Fibre-on-Demand product; average download speed approaches 29Mb/s; BT trials 10Gb/s service using XGPON technology; report update includes the regulator's 2016 market updates, telcos' financial and operating data to Q3 2016, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Virgin Media, BT, KCom, Orange, Carphone Warehouse, Sky, O2.


1. Synopsis
2. Introduction and statistical overview
2.1 Market analysis
2.2 Broadband statistics
2.3 Forecasts broadband subscribers 2016; 2018; 2021
2.3.1 Notes on scenario forecasts
2.4 Government support
2.4.1 Digital Britain
2.4.2 Rural broadband
2.4.3 Municipal investment
2.4.4 Wholesale broadband
3. Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
4. Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
4.1 Introduction
4.2 DSL providers
4.3 ADSL2+
4.4 SDSL
4.5 Very High Data Rate DSL (VDSL)
4.6 G-fast developments
5. Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
5.1 BT
5.2 Virgin Media/Fujitsu
5.3 KCom
5.4 Sky Broadband/TalkTalk
5.5 Other developments
5.6 FttC developments
5.7 Costing fibre
6. Other fixed broadband services
6.1 Broadband Powerline (BPL)
6.2 Fixed wireless (Wi-Fi and WiMAX)
6.2.1 Regulatory environment
6.2.2 White space spectrum
6.2.3 WLAN/Wi-Fi
6.2.4 WiMAX
6.2.5 Metropolitan WiMAX
6.2.6 Internet via satellite
7. Related reports
Table 1 Fixed-line broadband retail revenue 2001 - 2017
Table 2 Fixed-line broadband connections by type 2002 - 2015
Table 3 Average headline broadband speed 2006 - 2015
Table 4 Proportion of broadband connections by speed 2010 - 2015
Table 5 Average broadband speed by platform 2010 - 2014
Table 6 Devices used for internet access, market share 2013 - 2016
Table 7 Market share of fixed-line broadband subscribers by provider 2005 - 2015
Table 8 Broadband penetration by technology 2004 - 2015
Table 9 Percentage internet access by dial-up and broadband 2000 - 2013
Table 10 PC, broadband and internet household penetration 2003 - 2014
Table 11 Internet connectivity type, by household 2003 - 2015
Table 12 Forecast broadband subscribers 2016; 2018; 2021
Table 13 Superfast broadband subscribers and market share 2010 - 2015
Table 14 Virgin Media subscribers by sector 2007 - 2016
Table 15 Virgin Media ARPU 2007 - 2016
Table 16 Virgin Media revenue 2007 - 2016
Table 17 xDSL subscribers 2000 - 2017
Table 18 BT retail and wholesale broadband subscribers 2004 - 2016
Table 19 BT consumer and wholesale broadband revenue 2015 - 2017
Table 20 FttC availability and projected speeds by distance
Table 21 BT fibre broadband subscribers 2014 - 2016
Table 22 Estimated cost of fibre by deployment technology
Chart 1 Fixed-line broadband connections by type 2002 2015
Chart 2 Broadband penetration by technology 2004 2015
Chart 3 Virgin Media subscribers by sector 2007 - 2016
Chart 4 BT retail and wholesale broadband subscribers 2004 - 2016
Exhibit 1 Wireless opportunities using technology and frequencies
Exhibit 2 WLAN operator business models

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