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.
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.