United Kingdom - Fixed Network Broadband Market- Insights, Statistics and Analysis
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, now owned by Liberty Global, 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, and is embarked on a £3 billion investment program to extend the reach and capacity of its network through to 2017. In addition, BT's FttC/VDSL service is expected to cover two-thirds of the population of the population by 2015 while trials of G.fast technology are soon anticipated, capable of delivering data at 1Gb/s and higher.
The market remains fiercely competitive as a result of regulatory measures which provide competitor access to BT's exchanges, while similar measures have been undertaken to ensure equal access on fibre networks. New wholesale access pricing was extended to BT's fibre infrastructure in April 2015. The broadband market has been characterised by falling consumer prices and by a gradual increase in average data speeds, which by mid-2015 approached 23Mb/s.
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 2020.
CityFibre completes first stage in York 1Gb/s FttP project; BT developing G.fast technology to provide 1Gb/s services; Sky Broadband and TalkTalk to offer 1Gb/s service in York; Ofcom imposes VULA wholesale pricing for BT; Google Fibre showing interest to enter the UK market; Virgin Media introduces a 152Mb/s broadband service; Hyperoptic expands its FttP network; Virgin Media acquired by Liberty Global; government allocates £363 million for regional broadband schemes; Fujitsu, Virgin Media, TalkTalk and Cisco plan open-access FttP platform to five million homes; superfast broadband accounting for almost 27% of all broadband lines; updates on eHealth initiatives; broadband availability influencing home buying habits; BT launches Fibre-on-Demand product; average download speed reaches 22.8Mb/s; O2 sells broadband and fixed-line business to BSkyB; Rutland Telecom plans for county-wide FttP platform; BT trials 10Gb/s service using XGPON technology; regulator's market data updates; telcos' operating and financial data to Q1 2015; recent market developments.
VirgCompanies covered in this report include:in Media, BT, KCom, Orange, Carphone Warehouse, Sky, O2.