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United Kingdom - Wireless Broadband Market - Insights and Statistics

United Kingdom - Wireless Broadband Market - Insights and Statistics

Fixed-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 has been 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:

Government to invest £50 million to provide free WiFi on rail network; regulator allows spectrum trading in the 900MHz, 1800MHz and 2.1GHZ bands; Ofcom allows use of white space devices in the 470MHz to 790MHz range; average mobile broadband speeds reach only 1.5Mb/s; UK Broadband plans for LTE launch, secures indefinite extension of spectrum concessions; a quarter of the population making use of mobile broadband; Sky offers free WiFi access to its broadband subscribers; average mobile broadband speeds estimated at 1.5Mb/s; regulator's market data reports; operator data to Q1 2015; recent market developments.

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 - 2015
Table 2 Broadband take-up by technology 2007 - 2013
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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