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

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

The UK's telecom market remains one of the largest in Europe, characterised by fierce competition which has resulted in reduced pricing for end-users. Following some market consolidation in the mobile segment there are four key players and a number of MVNOs. Mobile broadband in coming years will place some additional pressure on the fixed-line broadband subscriber base as customers are tempted to migrate to 5G-enabled services. The fixed-line broadband sector is characterised by the steady decline in DSL and the ongoing efforts among a good number of operators to expand the reach of fibre networks. This is being supported by government efforts to encourage the right economic environment facilitating the ambition to have a fully-fibred UK by 2033.

The fixed-line voice segment is being similarly repositioned, with PSTN services making way for IP-delivered content. BT's independent wholesale unit Openreach plans to complete the switch to fibre by 2025.

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 and examines the status of fixed-line voice services following the deregulation of the retail call market sector.

Key developments:

BT transfers 31,000 employees to Openreach Ltd;
BT and Huawei trial 3Tb/s channel over existing fibre;
Arctic cables to connect UK to Japan;
Report update includes the regular'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, Cable & Wireless, COLT Telecom, Dixons Carphone Group, Sky, O2.


  • SYNOPSIS
  • KEY STATISTICS
    • Table Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities – United Kingdom – 2018 (e)
  • COUNTRY OVERVIEW
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
      • Table Percentages of mobile and fixed phones in homes – 2000 - 2016
      • Table Consumer take-up of telecom services by type – 2006 - 2016
      • Table Fixed-line calls and access revenue by main operator– 2007 - 2018
      • Table Communications retail revenue by sector – 2003 - 2018
      • Table Telecoms revenue by service – 2008 - 2017
      • Table Average household spend on telecoms services – 2005 - 2017
      • Table Average household spend on fixed voice/data services – 2012 - 2017
      • Table Communications revenue by sector – 2003 - 2017
      • Table Communications wholesale and retail revenue – 2005 - 2017
      • Table Call volumes, fixed-line and mobile in minutes – 2003 - 2018
      • Table Proportion of calls made, fixed-line and mobile – 2006 - 2018
      • Table Telecom retail revenue by sector: fixed, mobile – 2007 - 2018
      • Table Telecom connections: fixed, mobile, broadband – 2002 - 2018
      • Table Household take-up of telecom services – 2003 - 2016
  • REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT
    • HISTORICAL OVERVIEW
    • REGULATORY AUTHORITY
      • Office of Communications (Ofcom)
    • TELECOM SECTOR LIBERALISATION
    • INTERCONNECT
    • ACCESS
      • Table BT LLU, shared wholesale lines (old format) –2004 - 2017
      • Table BT wholesale lines (new format) –2016 - 2018
      • Number Portability (NP)
    • CARRIER PRESELECTION (CPS)
      • Table Lines with CPS – 2004 - 2018
    • WHOLESALE LINE RENTAL (WLR)
      • Table WLR lines – 2004 - 2018
  • FIXED NETWORK OPERATORS
    • Table Fixed-voice traffic by type in minutes – 2002 - 2018
    • Table Fixed-voice traffic volume by call type – 2010 - 2018
    • Table Fixed-voice revenue by call type – 2011 - 2018
    • Table Average fixed-voice revenue per month by call type – 2011 - 2016
    • BRITISH TELECOM
      • Table BT share of residential call types by traffic volumes – 2002 - 2018
      • Table BT Consumer lines and TV subscribers – 2011 - 2017
      • Table BT financial data – 2006 - 2018
      • Table BT retail revenue, Consumer, Business divisions – 2012 - 2018
      • Table BT revenue, Consumer divisions (new style) –2017 - 2019
      • Table BT revenue by Global Services, Wholesale and Openreach divisions – 2007 - 2019
      • Openreach
      • Company restructure
    • KCOM
      • Table KCom revenue – 2000 - 2019
    • CABLE & WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS (C&WC)
    • VIRGIN MEDIA
      • Table Virgin Media revenue – 2003 - 2018
      • Table Virgin Media revenue by sector – 2006 - 2018
      • Table Virgin Media subscribers by sector – 2007 - 2018
    • COLT TELECOM
      • Table COLT financial data – 2006 - 2015
      • Table COLT financial data by business – 2013 - 2015
    • DIXONS CARPHONE GROUP (CARPHONE WAREHOUSE)
      • Table Carphone Warehouse Europe revenue, profit – 2008 - 2014
    • TALKTALK GROUP
      • Table TalkTalk financial data – 2009 - 2019
      • Table TalkTalk subscribers – 2011 - 2015
    • SKY
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE
    • OVERVIEW OF THE NATIONAL TELECOM NETWORK
      • Table Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 1999 - 2009
      • Table Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2010 - 2018
    • NEXT GENERATION NETWORKS
    • INTERNATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Submarine cable networks
      • Satellite networks
  • CLOUD SERVICES
  • SMART INFRASTRUCTURE
  • RELATED REPORTS

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