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United Kingdom - Wireless Broadband Insights and Statistics

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Wireless broadband has seen moderate growth in the UK in recent years. Many WiFi and WiMAX deployments have been instigated by municipalities, while the major wireless operators have expanded their networks and concentrated on sharing hotspots. Wireless broadband on mobile networks has shown phenomenal growth since 2010 as consumers exploit the wider availability of HSPA networks, and this growth is set to continue during the next few years as the sector matures. From late 2013 high-end mobile data will be stimulated by the availability of greater network capacity through LTE operating on spectrum auctioned in early 2013. This report provides statistics and data for the UK’s wireless broadband market, reviewing recent developments in WiFi and WLAN infrastructure and mobile broadband. It also reviews the status of the key market players and spectrum licensing, and looks ahead to opportunities for coming years.

Key developments:

Regulator allows spectrum trading in the 900MHz, 1800MHz and 2.1GHZ bands; average mobile broadband speeds reach only 1.5Mb/s; UK Broadband plans for LTE launch; a quarter of the population making use of mobile broadband; BSkyB offers free WiFi access to its broadband subscribers; average mobile broadband speeds estimated at 1.5Mb/s; regulator’s 2011 market data report; operator data to end-2012; market developments to May 2013.

Companies covered in this report include:

UK Broadband, British Telecom, Thrive Telecom, Libera, The Cloud.

1. Synopsis
2. Wireless broadband
2.1 Regulatory environment
2.2 White space spectrum
2.3 Spectrum auctions
2.4 WLAN/WiFi
2.4.1 Overview
2.5 WiMAX
2.5.1 Metropolitan WiMAX
2.6 Mobile broadband
2.7 Internet via satellite
2.7.1 Overview
3. Related reports
Table 1 – Mobile broadband subscribers – 2008 - 2013
Table 2 – Broadband take-up by technology – 2007 - 2012
Exhibit 1 – Wireless opportunities using technology and frequencies
Exhibit 2 – Spectrum auction results 10GHz – February 2008
Exhibit 3 – WLAN operator business models

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