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United Kingdom - Fixed Broadband Market - Statistics and Analyses

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 the end of 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 and G.fast technologies, the latter mainly deployed by British Telecom 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.

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. With super-fast broadband available to about 95% of premises by late 2018, the focus in coming years will be to develop the economic conditions to ensure that the target of a fully fibred UK by 2033 can be met.

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 subscriber forecasts.

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;
Hyperoptic to deliver FttP to Brent borough;
Government publishes its Future Telecoms Infrastructure Review;
USO to guarantee minimum 10Mb/s service by 2020;
O2 trials Li-Fi technology;
Openreach to commercialise Dark Fibre Access product;
CityFibre partners with Vodafone to extend fibre;
BT developing G.fast technology;
Hyperoptic to extend fibre broadband to two million people across 50 cities;
BT launches Fibre-on-Demand product, trials 10Gb/s service using XGPON technology;
Report update includes the regulator's market updates to June 2018, telcos' financial and operating data to Q3 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 2019; 2021; 2023
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
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 Li-Fi
6.2.5 WiMAX
6.2.6 Metropolitan WiMAX
7. Digital Media
7.1 Video-streaming
8. Related reports
List of Tables, Charts and Exhibits
Table 1 Fixed-line broadband retail revenue 2001 - 2018
Table 2 Fixed-line broadband connections by type 2002 - 2018
Table 3 Average headline broadband speed 2006 - 2017
Table 4 Proportion of residential broadband connections by speed 2011 - 2016
Table 5 Devices used for internet access, market share 2013 - 2017
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 - 2017
Table 15 Forecast broadband subscribers 2019; 2021; 2023
Table 16 Superfast broadband subscribers and market share 2010 - 2017
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 Virgin Media cable revenue 2015 - 2018
Table 21 Cable broadband subscribers 2011 - 2017
Table 22 DSL subscribers 2000 - 2018
Table 23 BT retail and wholesale broadband subscribers 2004 - 2018
Table 24 BT consumer and wholesale broadband revenue 2015 - 2018
Table 25 Fibre broadband subscribers 2011 - 2017
Table 26 BT fibre broadband subscribers 2014 - 2018
Table 27 Vodafone broadband subscribers 2014 - 2018
Table 28 Virgin Media bundled services subscribers as proportion to total 2014 - 2018
Table 29 Virgin Media bundled services subscribers as proportion to total 2008 - 2018
Chart 1 Fixed-line broadband connections by type 2002 2018
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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