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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. Virgin Media has also entered the fibre market, aiming to provide FttP to about one million customers while most of the remainder will be serviced with DOCSIS3.1. The DSL network has been upgraded during the last few years with VDSL technologies, while the incumbent telco British Telecom is also introducing G.fast as part of its multi-technology mix to provide ultra-fast broadband services to some ten million premises by 2020. Vodafone is also partnering with CityFibre to deliver an extensive 1Gb/s service to about five million premises by 2025.
The broadband market in recent years has been characterised by falling consumer prices and by a gradual increase in average data speeds. Consumer traffic use has also continued to increase steadily, reaching 132GB per month by mid-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 2022.

Key developments:

Government to invest £1 billion of fibre infrastructure and 5G technologies, launches £400 million investment aimed at connecting up to two million premises with a 1Gb/s FttP service by 2020;
USO to guarantee minimum 10Mb/s service by 2020;
Openreach to commercialise Dark Fibre Access product;
CityFibre partners with Vodafone to extend fibre;
BT developing G.fast technology;
Hyperoptic expands its FttP network;
O2 integrates Netflix with Movistar Plus platform;
BT launches Fibre-on-Demand product, trials 10Gb/s service using XGPON technology;
Report update includes the regulator's market updates to June 2017, telcos' financial and operating data to Q1 2018, 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 2018; 2020; 2022
2.4 Government support
2.4.1 Digital Britain
2.4.2 Rural broadband
3. Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
4. Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
4.1 G-fast developments
5. Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
5.1 BT
5.2 Virgin Media/Fujitsu
5.3 Other developments
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
7. Digital Media
7.1 Video-streaming
8. Related reports
Table 1 Fixed-line broadband retail revenue 2001 - 2017
Table 2 Fixed-line broadband connections by type 2002 - 2016
Table 3 Average headline broadband speed 2006 - 2016
Table 4 Proportion of residential broadband connections by speed 2011 - 2016
Table 5 Devices used for internet access, market share 2013 - 2016
Table 6 Market share of fixed-line broadband subscribers by provider 2005 - 2016
Table 7 Broadband penetration by technology 2004 - 2017
Table 8 Historic - Percentage internet access by dial-up and broadband 2000 - 2013
Table 9 Historic - Internet users and penetration 2002 - 2009
Table 10 Internet users and penetration 2010 - 2018
Table 11 Fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration 2002 - 2018
Table 12 Fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration 2002 2018
Table 13 Internet connectivity type, by household 2003 - 2016
Table 14 Average consumer fixed-line broadband traffic 2011 - 2016
Table 15 Forecast broadband subscribers 2018; 2020; 2022
Table 16 Superfast broadband subscribers and market share 2010 - 2016
Table 17 Virgin Media subscribers by sector 2007 - 2018
Table 18 Virgin Media ARPU 2007 - 2018
Table 19 Virgin Media revenue 2007 - 2018
Table 20 Cable broadband subscribers 2011 - 2017
Table 21 xDSL subscribers 2000 - 2018
Table 22 BT retail and wholesale broadband subscribers 2004 - 2018
Table 23 BT consumer and wholesale broadband revenue 2015 - 2018
Table 24 Fibre broadband subscribers 2011 - 2017
Table 25 BT fibre broadband subscribers 2014 - 2018
Table 26 Vodafone broadband subscribers 2014 - 2018
Table 27 Virgin Media bundled services subscribers as proportion to total 2014 - 2018
Table 28 Virgin Media bundled services subscribers as proportion to total 2014 - 2018
Chart 1 Fixed-line broadband connections by type 2002 2016
Chart 2 Broadband penetration by technology 2004 2017
Chart 3 Virgin Media subscribers by sector 2007 - 2018
Chart 4 BT retail and wholesale broadband subscribers 2004 - 2018
Exhibit 1 Wireless opportunities using technology and frequencies

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