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United Kingdom Telecoms - what is hot in 2010

This is a snapshot report of the most recent market, technological and regulatory developments in the UK. It is compiled from the far more extensive publication United Kingdom - Telecoms, IP Networks, Digital Media and Forecasts and also the reports dealing with the telecoms, broadband, mobile and broadcasting sectors in the UK .

Competition remains fierce in all sectors of the market, leading to lower prices for consumers and more generous offers from providers as they struggle to secure market share. The once-fragmented broadband market is now dominated by a single cable provider and three DSL providers, though numerous other ISPs operate on the periphery. The mobile market can expect significant changes during the next two years following the July 2010 merger of two MNOs which created a single operator far larger than its rivals, having significant interests in the fixed line and broadband sectors.

Keys areas for operator investment during the next few years remain fibre-based networks and mobile networks. This upgraded infrastructure is needed to provide universal broadband, and to secure the UK’s socio-economic prosperity for decades to come. To this end, significant spectrum auctions will enable MNOs from early 2012 to develop mobile broadband services with vastly improved performance, while regulatory measures have expedited the roll-out of fibre networks by reducing costs and promoting infrastructure sharing among telcos.


1. Synopsis
2. Market Overview
3. Market highlights
4. Snapshot of the market and major developments
4.1 Fixed network operators
4.2 Mobile Communications
4.3 Mobile broadband
4.4 Broadband Market
4.5 Broadcasting
List of Tables and Charts
Table 3 - Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1995; 1997; 1999 - 2011
Table 4 - Mobile subscribers and SIM penetration rate - 1995; 1997; 1999 - 2011
Table 6 - Broadband penetration by technology - 2004 - 2011
Chart 1- Key telecom parameters - 2009-2011(e)
Chart 2 - Subscribers to telecoms services - 2009-2011(e)
Chart 3 - Market share of fixed voice calls by volume - 2005-2010
Chart 4 - Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1995; 1997; 1999-2011
Chart 5 - Mobile subscribers and SIM penetration rate - 1995; 1997; 1999-2011
Chart 6 - Mobile broadband use by population - 2008-2011
Chart 7 - Broadband penetration by technology - 2004-2011

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