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United Kingdom - Telecoms Infrastructure, Operators, Regulations - Statistics and Analyses


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United Kingdom - Telecoms Infrastructure, Operators, Regulations - Statistics and Analyses

The UK's telecom market, one of the largest in Europe, is characterised by fierce competition in the mobile and broadband sectors. As a consequence, mobile and broadband penetration is comfortably ahead of the European average, supported by relatively low consumer prices. Network capabilities have been greatly expanded following recent investments by British Telecom and Virgin Media in Next Generation Networks, while in the mobile sector the principal operators, including O2, Vodafone and BT's newly acquired unit EE, have comprehensive LTE networks in place and are engaged in trialling 5G technologies with a view to commercial launches by 2020.

This report analyses the key aspects of the UK's telecom market, presenting statistics on the fixed network services sector and an overview of the key regulatory issues including the status of interconnection, local loop unbundling, and carrier preselection. The report reviews the major fixed network telcos, examines the status of fixed-line voice services following the deregulation of the retail call market sector, and assesses the success and market impact of BT Openreach.

Key developments:

BT and Huawei trial 3Tb/s channel over existing fibre; BT to open dark fibre to competitors; Ofcom develops plan for Openreach to be given greater independence within BT Group; new Arctic cables to connect UK to Japan; report update includes the regular's market updates to June 2017, telcos' financial and operating data to Q3 2017, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Virgin Media, BT, KCom, Orange, Cable & Wireless, COLT Telecom, Dixons Carphone Group, Sky, O2.


1. Synopsis
2. Key statistics
3. Country overview
4. Telecommunications market
4.1 Market analysis
5. Regulatory environment
5.1 Historical overview
5.2 Regulatory authority
5.2.1 Office of Communications (Ofcom)
5.3 Telecom sector liberalisation
5.4 Interconnect
5.5 Access
5.5.1 Number Portability (NP)
5.6 Carrier PreSelection (CPS)
5.7 Wholesale Line Rental (WLR)
6. Fixed network operators
6.1 British Telecom
6.1.1 Openreach
6.1.2 Company restructure
6.2 KCom
6.3 Cable & Wireless Communications (C&WC)
6.4 Virgin Media
6.5 COLT Telecom
6.6 Dixons Carphone Group (Carphone Warehouse)
6.7 TalkTalk Group
6.8 Sky
7. Telecommunications infrastructure
7.1 Overview of the national telecom network
7.2 Next Generation Networks
7.3 International infrastructure
7.3.1 Submarine cable networks
7.3.2 Satellite networks
8. Cloud services
9. Related reports
Table 1 Country statistics 2017 (e)
Table 2 Telecom revenue and investment statistics 2016
Table 3 Telephone network statistics 2017 (e)
Table 4 Internet user statistics 2017 (e)
Table 5 Broadband statistics 2017 (e)
Table 6 Mobile statistics 2017 (e)
Table 7 National telecommunications authority
Table 8 Percentages of mobile and fixed phones in homes 2000 - 2016
Table 9 Consumer take-up of telecom services by type 2006 - 2016
Table 10 Fixed-line calls and access revenue by main operator 2011 - 2017
Table 11 Communications retail revenue by sector 2003 - 2015
Table 12 Fixed telecoms revenue by service 2008 - 2016
Table 13 Household spend on telecoms services 2005 - 2016
Table 14 Communications revenue by sector 2003 - 2016
Table 15 Communications wholesale and retail revenue 2005 - 2016
Table 16 Call volumes, fixed-line and mobile in minutes 2003 - 2017
Table 17 Proportion of calls made, fixed-line and mobile 2006 - 2017
Table 18 Telecom retail revenue by sector: fixed, mobile 2010 - 2015
Table 19 Telecom connections: fixed, mobile, broadband 2002 - 2017
Table 20 Household take-up of telecom services 2003 - 2016
Table 21 BT LLU, shared wholesale lines 2004 - 2017
Table 22 Lines with CPS 2004 - 2017
Table 23 WLR lines 2004 - 2017
Table 24 Fixed-voice traffic by type in minutes 2002 - 2017
Table 25 Fixed-voice revenue by call type 2011 - 2017
Table 26 Average fixed-voice revenue per month by call type 2011 - 2016
Table 27 Fixed-voice traffic volume by call type 2010 - 2017
Table 28 BT share of residential call types by traffic volumes 2002 - 2017
Table 29 BT Consumer lines and TV subscribers 2011 - 2017
Table 30 BT financial data 2006 - 2018
Table 31 BT revenue by retail, Consumer, Business divisions 2012 - 2018
Table 32 BT revenue by Global Services, Wholesale and Openreach divisions 2007 - 2018
Table 33 KCom revenue 1999 - 2017
Table 34 Virgin Media revenue 2003 - 2017
Table 35 Virgin Media revenue by sector 2006 - 2017
Table 36 Virgin Media subscribers by sector 2007 - 2017
Table 37 COLT financial data 2006 - 2015
Table 38 COLT financial data by business 2013 - 2015
Table 39 Carphone Warehouse Europe revenue, profit 2008 - 2014
Table 40 TalkTalk financial data 2009 - 2018
Table 41 TalkTalk subscribers 2011 - 2015
Table 42 Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity 1999 - 2009
Table 43 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2010 - 2018
Chart 1 Communications revenue by sector 2003 - 2016
Chart 2 Communications wholesale and retail revenue 2005 - 2016
Chart 3 Call volumes, fixed-line and mobile in minutes 2003 - 2017
Chart 4 Telecom connections: fixed, mobile, broadband 2002 2017
Chart 5 BT LLU, shared wholesale lines 2004 2017
Chart 6 BT financial data 2006 - 2017
Chart 7 BT revenue by operating division 2012 - 2018
Chart 8 Virgin Media revenue by sector 2006 - 2017
Chart 9 Virgin Media subscribers by sector 2007 - 2017
Exhibit 1 Principal submarine cables from the UK

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