United Kingdom - Fixed Network Broadband Market- Insights, Statistics and Analysis

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.

Key developments:

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.

1. Synopsis
2. Overview
2.1 Broadband statistics
2.2 Forecasts broadband subscribers
2.2.1 Scenario 1 higher broadband subscriber growth
2.2.2 Scenario 2 lower broadband subscriber growth
2.2.3 Notes on scenario forecasts
2.3 Emerging trends
2.3.1 E-Health initiatives
2.3.2 Cloud services
2.3.3 Net neutrality
2.3.4 E-commerce
2.4 Government support
2.4.1 Digital Britain
2.4.2 Rural broadband
2.4.3 Municipal investment
2.4.4 Wholesale broadband
2.4.5 Access to cable networks
3. Cable modems
4. Asymmetrical Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL)
4.1 DSL providers
4.2 ADSL2+
4.3 SDSL
4.4 Very High Data Rate DSL (VDSL)
4.5 G-fast developments
5. Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
5.1 BT
5.1.1 Fibre-on-Demand (FoD)
5.2 Virgin Media/Fujitsu
5.3 KCom
5.4 Sky Broadband/TalkTalk
5.5 Other developments
5.6 Google Fiber
5.7 FttC developments
5.8 Costing fibre
6. Broadband Powerline (BPL)
7. Related reports
Table 1 Fixed-line broadband retail revenue 2001 - 2015
Table 2 Broadband connections by type 2002 - 2014
Table 3 Market share of fixed-line broadband subscribers by provider 2005 - 2013
Table 4 Broadband penetration by technology 2004 - 2014
Table 5 Cable and DSL broadband subscribers 2004 - 2014
Table 6 Dial-up internet subscribers 2004 - 2014
Table 7 Percentage internet access by dial-up and broadband 2000 - 2013
Table 8 PC, broadband and internet household penetration 2003 - 2014
Table 9 Internet connectivity type, by household 2003 - 2014
Table 10 Household broadband penetration by access type 2007 - 2013
Table 11 Internet daily traffic 2005 - 2013
Table 12 Consumer broadband download speed by market share 2008 - 2013
Table 13 Forecast broadband subscribers higher market growth scenario 2015; 2017; 2020
Table 15 Average headline broadband speed 2006 - 2014
Table 16 Average broadband speed 2008 - 2014
Table 17 Average broadband speed by platform 2010 - 2014
Table 18 Superfast broadband subscribers and market share 2010 - 2014
Table 19 Virgin Media subscribers by sector 2007 - 2015
Table 20 Virgin Media ARPU 2007 - 2015
Table 21 Virgin Media revenue 2007 - 2014
Table 22 xDSL subscribers 2000 - 2014
Table 23 BT retail and wholesale broadband subscribers 2004 - 2015
Table 24 BT retail and wholesale revenue 2009 - 2015
Table 25 FttC availability and projected speeds by distance
Table 26 Household availability of BT FttC network 2010 - 2014
Table 27 Estimated cost of fibre by deployment technology
Chart 1 Broadband connections by type 2002 2014
Chart 2 Broadband penetration by technology 2004 2014
Chart 3 Cable and DSL broadband subscribers 2004 - 2014
Chart 4 Virgin Media subscribers by sector 2007 - 2015
Chart 5 BT retail and wholesale broadband subscribers 2004 - 2015
Chart 6 BT retail and wholesale revenue (year to Mar) 2009 - 2015

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