2011 Global Broadband - Facilitating the Digital Economy

Publication Overview

This annual report offers a wealth of information on the global fixed broadband sector. The report includes analyses, statistics and trends. The report provides valuable insight into the key trends occurring worldwide and unique regional perspectives on the markets of North America, Latin America, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific.

Subjects covered include:

  • Insights into how telecoms is transforming;
  • The importance of broadband to the digital economy;
  • Analyses of telecoms and the GFC;
  • Information on The Broadband Commission;
  • BuddeComm’s role in promoting broadband and trans-sector initiatives;
  • Insight into Open Networks;
  • Insights into National Broadband Networks;
  • Key global broadband statistics and trends;
  • Regional insights and statistics.

Researchers:- Kylie Wansink, Paul Budde, Lawrence Baker, Lucia Bibolini, Peter Evans, Lisa Hulme-Jones, Paul Kwon, Henry Lancaster, Peter Lange, Stephen McNamara.
Current publication date:- July 2011 (8th Edition)

Executive Summary

Access to broadband infrastructure continues to grow in many parts of the world

The emergence of the Internet was a major ingredient in changing the direction of telecoms, particularly when broadband was added to the mix. In no time, Internet and broadband penetration went through the roof, a clear indication that people were extremely interested in using these new technologies. More and more countries also began to recognise the social and economic importance of this infrastructure and that it needed to be managed properly.

A positive outcome from the financial crisis was that it resulted in global attention turning to new infrastructure developments; facilitating a unique opportunity to shift the broadband emphasis from a high-speed Internet service to a national infrastructure for the digital economy that will underpin a range of positive social and economic developments. Improvements in infrastructure will result in the growth of services such as e-government, e-health, e-education, social media, e-commerce and e-science, in addition to paving the way for developments in smart grids and other environmental opportunities.

On a global level, the uptake of broadband continues to grow and in 2011 there are around 1.9 billion households with Internet access and nearly 37% of these have access to fixed broadband. With more and more video applications being used in ever increasing broader markets; there is a widespread interest in upgrading to higher-speed services such as those provided by Fibre-To-The Home (FttH).

The Asia-Pacific region has the highest fibre broadband penetration in the world, followed by North America. Asia-Pacific represents nearly 85% of worldwide fibre broadband subscribers and is led by the key markets of China, Japan and South Korea. The European broadband market has also seen a considerable evolution during the last year, epitomised by the migration to higher-data services and from copper-based networks to fibre.

In order to promote the continuing role of broadband in society, an organisation called The Broadband Commission was formed in 2010. Its role is to define practical ways in which countries’ — in all stages of development — can provide access to broadband networks for their citizens, in cooperation with the private sector.

Open networks are also an important element to the future of broadband networks and this model is also becoming accepted as the next step in the evolution of telecoms infrastructure.  Open networks give users full control of the services and applications that can be made available over high-speed broadband infrastructure and also mean a democratisation of the telecoms infrastructure. The topology and the architecture of the open network should be such that infrastructure, service and content providers can all offer higher quality and different ‘premium’ products and services.

National Broadband Networks are now underway by a number of countries and Australia was the first country to get the (national purpose) vision right, thanks to government leadership. The USA soon followed and the EU (Digital Agenda for Europe), New Zealand, Singapore, Japan, Korea and Sweden are showing real leadership as well. Economic and trans-sector innovations are now key items on the political agenda of these countries. There is no silver bullet and each unique situation generates its own alternatives, which in turn informs others involved in similar national projects.

BuddeComm’s new report, Global Broadband – Facilitating the Digital Economy, gives the latest insights into the fixed broadband sector including key statistics and analyses on its importance to the overall digital economy. It explores key issues and opportunities and provides analyses, statistics, forecasts and trends. The report also includes a unique perspective into how the broadband sector is unfolding differently around the world by incorporating regional overviews written by BuddeComm’s senior analysts.

Examples of key insights:

  • Fixed broadband will be a critical economic and social infrastructure backbone for any country.
  • Some kind of trans-sector development will take place and the economic and social benefits from this will be substantial.
  • Fixed infrastructure technology is pointing towards fibre
  • The concept of smart communities is based on intelligent infrastructure such as broadband (FttH) and smart grids, and allows connected and sustainable communities to be developed.
  • Estimated fixed broadband penetration in Latin America was 6.5% at end-2010, below the world average of 8.0% but ahead of other developing regions such as Asia and Africa.
  • ME governments recognise the opportunities for social and economic growth inherent in faster communications. Large scale FttX deployments are focused in the Gulf states. Different business models have been used, such as the vertically integrated or wholesale access.
  • 3G mobile broadband is replacing DSL as the preferred access method in Africa.

Data in this report is the latest available at the time of preparation and may not be for the current year.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction: An Industry in Transformation
    • 1.1 Transforming the industry – how to move forward
      • 1.1.1 Regulatory developments
      • 1.1.2 Conclusions
      • 1.1.3 Implementation will be country-specific
      • 1.1.4 Watch out for the developing countries
  • 2. Broadband Infrastructure and the GFC
    • 2.1 Broadband and the GFC insights
      • 2.1.1 Market summary
      • 2.1.2 Investing in the Communications Revolution
      • 2.1.3 Co-development of fibre and the digital economy
      • 2.1.4 Infrastructure essential for the digital economy
  • 3. Broadband Facilitates the Digital Economy
    • 3.1 Key elements of a digital economy
      • 3.1.1 Can we fast-track the digital economy?
      • 3.1.2 Key sectors for the digital economy
      • 3.1.3 Key requirements of the digital economy
      • 3.1.4 Conclusion: digital economy services
  • 4. Trans-sector Approach Begins to Take Hold
    • 4.1 The Broadband Commission for Development
      • 4.1.1 Introduction
      • 4.1.2 The connected society
      • 4.1.3 A cost-effective platform for progress
      • 4.1.4 The final reports
    • 4.2 Trans-sector activities
      • 4.2.1 The birth of the trans-sector concept
      • 4.2.2 Australia – one of the first countries to develop trans-sector policies
      • 4.2.3 Smart grids and e-health – the first trans-sector projects
      • 4.2.4 Activities in other countries
      • 4.2.5 Briefing international investment houses
      • 4.2.6 BuddeComm proud of the part it is playing
  • 5. Open Networks: A Key Element
    • 5.1 Introduction to open networks
      • 5.1.1 Economic stimulus packages and open networks
      • 5.1.2 Open Access Principles
      • 5.1.3 Open Access around the world
      • 5.1.4 Background: Unbundling of the local loop
      • 5.1.5 Rethink of Universal Service Obligations/Funds
      • 5.1.6 Conclusion: open networks engine for innovation and growth
  • 6. Insight into National Broadband Networks (NBN)
    • 6.1 Introduction to National Broadband Networks
      • 6.1.1 National Broadband Network Company
      • 6.1.2 Open network = innovation and affordability
      • 6.1.3 Technology critical consideration
      • 6.1.4 Wireless broadband
      • 6.1.5 Other quick-win areas
      • 6.1.6 Trans-sector government
      • 6.1.7 Using electricity infrastructure to roll out broadband
      • 6.1.8 Australia’s NBN – Early Projects (separate report)
  • 7. Market Overview: Global Broadband Statistics and Trends
    • 7.1 Broadband: a platform for progress
      • 7.1.1 Commission aimed to influence heads of state
      • 7.1.2 Report is a starting point, not an end station
      • 7.1.3 Trans-sector concept based on sharing infrastructure
      • 7.1.4 Recommendations aimed at government leaders
      • 7.1.5 No reinvention – rather pushing implementation forward
      • 7.1.6 Platform for further work
      • 7.1.7 Private vs public approaches
      • 7.1.8 Technologies
    • 7.2 Global broadband market overview
      • 7.2.1 The need for high-speed networks
      • 7.2.2 FttH emerges as a serious broadband platform
      • 7.2.3 Global fixed broadband market summary
      • 7.2.4 Leading markets
      • 7.2.5 Market insights
      • 7.2.6 Trans-sector approach to broadband infrastructure
      • 7.2.7 Backgrounder - Fibre-based access
      • 7.2.8 Fibre-to-the-X: the economics of last-mile fibre
      • 7.2.9 Regulating fibre: a global issue
      • 7.2.10 FttH drivers
      • 7.2.11 FttH business models
      • 7.2.12 Conclusion: Cable TV networks – like the fast steam trains?
  • 8. Smart Communities Require Fast Broadband
    • 8.1 Overview of Smart City developments
      • 8.1.1 Introduction
      • 8.1.2 Building smart cities to ease the stress
      • 8.1.3 Key components of smart cities
      • 8.1.4 Strategies for smart communities
      • 8.1.5 Brief examples of smart communities
      • 8.1.6 North America
      • 8.1.7 Intelligent/smart technologies and systems
      • 8.1.8 Intelligent Communities Forum
  • 9. Case Studies – Broadband Development in Selected Markets
    • 9.1 Africa
      • 9.1.1 Overview
      • 9.1.2 International fibre access
      • 9.1.3 National and regional fibre backbones
      • 9.1.4 Africa’s leading broadband markets
    • 9.2 Asia
      • 9.2.1 Overview
      • 9.2.2 Taiwan
      • 9.2.3 Japan
      • 9.2.4 China
      • 9.2.5 Hong Kong
      • 9.2.6 Singapore
    • 9.3 Australia/New Zealand
      • 9.3.1 Australia
      • 9.3.2 New Zealand
    • 9.4 Latin America
      • 9.4.1 Introduction
      • 9.4.2 Argentina
      • 9.4.3 Brazil
      • 9.4.4 Chile
      • 9.4.5 Colombia
      • 9.4.6 Uruguay
    • 9.5 Middle East
      • 9.5.1 Introduction
      • 9.5.2 Bahrain
      • 9.5.3 UAE
      • 9.5.4 Saudi Arabia
      • 9.5.5 Qatar
      • 9.5.6 Lebanon
    • 9.6 Europe
      • 9.6.1 Introduction
      • 9.6.2 Regulatory and government support: the GFC effect
      • 9.6.3 Regulating Open Access
      • 9.6.4 Europe’s NBNs
    • 9.7 North America
      • 9.7.1 Introduction
      • 9.7.2 Broadband development
      • 9.7.3 Net neutrality
      • 9.7.4 US broadband statistics
      • 9.7.5 Canada broadband statistics
      • 9.7.6 Digital economy trends
      • 9.7.7 Internet statistics
  • 10. Glossary of Abbreviations
  • Table 1 – Worldwide telecom statistics at a glance – 2011
  • Table 2 – Worldwide broadband subscribers and annual change – 2005 - 2010
  • Table 3 – How investing in broadband can boost economies
  • Table 4 – Worldwide - Broadband subscribers and annual change – 2005 - 2011
  • Table 5 – Global – share of broadband subscribers by region – Q1 2010; Q4 2010
  • Table 6 – Worldwide - Top 10 countries by fixed broadband subscribers – 2008 - 2010
  • Table 7 – OECD - Top 10 countries by fixed broadband subscribers – June 2010
  • Table 8 – Broadband access among Internet households – selected countries – 2004 - 2010
  • Table 9 – Worldwide - DSL subscribers – 2000 - 2010
  • Table 10 – Worldwide - Broadband market share by access technology – 2009; 2010
  • Table 11 – OECD - Broadband market share by access technology – 2008; Mid 2010
  • Table 12 – Worldwide – Number of FTTx subscribers – comparison of analysts’ estimates
  • Table 13 – USA; Europe; Asia-Pacific – number of FTTx subscribers – 2007 – mid 2010
  • Table 14 – Worldwide – number of countries with an FttH market penetration of more than 1%
  • Table 15 – Worldwide - Top 10 markets with FTTx penetration > 1% – 2007; 2009
  • Table 16 – OECD - Countries with cheapest broadband price per Mb/s – Top 5 - September 2010
  • Table 17 – OECD - Historical countries with cheapest broadband price per Mb/s – Top 5 – June 2007; October 2008
  • Table 18 – OECD - Countries with most expensive broadband price per Mb/s – Top 5 - September 2010
  • Table 19 – Worldwide - Average entry level monthly broadband price by technology – Mid 2008 - 2010
  • Table 20 – Worldwide - Average overall broadband and upload speeds – 2008 - 2010
  • Table 21 –Worldwide – Total broadband services revenue –2008 - 2011
  • Table 22 – Leading countries market share of fixed broadband services revenue – 2009
  • Table 23 – Europe - Broadband lines, penetration and new lines per day – 2004 - 2010
  • Table 24 – AT&T’s backbone capacity statistics – 2009
  • Table 25 – DSL subscribers in Egypt, total vs TE – 2002 - 2011
  • Table 26 – Broadband subscribers in South Africa – 2004 - 2011
  • Table 27 – Broadband subscribers and households in Taiwan - December 2010
  • Table 28 – Broadband subscribers and annual change by access in Taiwan – December 2010
  • Table 29 – Japan – Broadband household connectivity and service availability – 2006 - 2008; 2011
  • Table 30 – Japan – Broadband subscribers and households – June 2010
  • Table 31 – Japan – Broadband subscribers and market share by access type – June 2010
  • Table 32 – China – broadband subscribers and households – April 2011
  • Table 33 – China – FttX subscribers – 2006 – 2012
  • Table 34 – Utilisation rate and number of users of different network applications in China – 2009 - 2010
  • Exhibit 35 – Hong Kong – Digital 21 Strategy – key indicators May 2011
  • Table 36 – Broadband ranking evolution top 10 countries – 2008 - 2010
  • Table 37 – Hong Kong – Broadband subscribers and households - February 2011
  • Table 38 – Internet subscribers by technology in Australia – 2011
  • Table 39 – Internet subscribers by technology in New Zealand – 2011
  • Table 40 – Latin America - fixed broadband subscribers and penetration – 2001 - 2011
  • Table 41 – Latin America – Fixed broadband market share by technology – 2001 - 2011
  • Table 42 – Major Latin American countries – broadband subscribers – 2010 - 2011
  • Table 43 – Argentina – Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration rates – 2001 - 2011
  • Table 44 – Argentina – Fixed broadband market share by technology– 2003 - 2011
  • Table 45 – Brazil – Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration – 2001-2011
  • Table 46 – Brazil – Broadband market share by technology – 2002 - 2011
  • Table 47 – Chile – Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration rates – 2001 - 2011
  • Table 48 – Chile – Fixed broadband market share by technology – 2001 - 2011
  • Table 49 – Colombia – Broadband subscribers and penetration rates - 2002-2011
  • Table 50 – Colombia – Broadband market share by technology - 2003-2011
  • Table 51 – Uruguay – Broadband subscribers and penetration rates - 2005 - 2011
  • Table 52 – Average monthly LLU and shared access cost in Europe – 2004 - 2009
  • Table 53 – New entrant share of DSL and broadband lines in Europe – 2004 - 2011
  • Table 54 – Broadband access lines by type and country in Europe – 2010
  • Table 55 – US broadband (fixed and fixed-wireless) subscribers and penetration – 2000 - 2010
  • Table 56 – US broadband (fixed and fixed-wireless) household penetration – 2000 – 2010
  • Table 57 – US broadband lines by major technology – 2005 - 2010
  • Table 58 – Top US cable and DSL providers, subscribers and market share – 2010
  • Table 59 – Canada residential DSL and cable broadband subscribers – 2001 - 2011
  • Table 60 – Worldwide Internet penetration by region – 2011
  • Table 61 – US Internet users, annual change and penetration – 2000 - 2010
  • Table 62 – Total monthly US online searches – 2004 - 2010
  • Table 63 – US average monthly web usage – 2008 - 2011
  • Table 64 – Top 10 sectors by share of US Internet time – 2009 – 2010
  • Table 65 – Top ten US websites by parent company, audience and time spent – May 2010
  • Table 66 – US fastest growing web categories: visitors and monthly growth – March 2010
  • Chart 1 – Global fixed broadband and mobile subscriber growth – 2007 -2010
  • Chart 2 - Worldwide - Fixed broadband subscribers compared to total Internet subscribers – 2006; 2008; 2010
  • Chart 3 – Europe - Share of fixed-line broadband offerings by technology – Jun 2010
  • Chart 4 – ADSL vs. 3G mobile subscribers in Morocco – 2007 - 2010
  • Chart 5 – Taiwan fixed-line broadband subscribers by technology – 2003 - 2010
  • Chart 6 – Japan fixed-line broadband subscribers by technology – 2003 - 2010
  • Chart 7 – China broadband subscribers and household penetration – 2003 – 2010
  • Chart 8 – Hong Kong broadband internet subscribers by access type – 2000 – 2010
  • Chart 9 – Australia – Domain name registrations – .com.au versus total .au – 2009 - 2011
  • Chart 10 – New Zealand – Doman name registrations – .co.nz versus total .nz – 2000 - 2011
  • Chart 11 – Argentina – Fixed broadband technologies at a glance – 2003 – 2011
  • Chart 12 – Brazil – Fixed broadband technologies at a glance – 2002 - 2011
  • Chart 13 – Chile – Fixed broadband technologies at a glance – 2001 - 2011
  • Chart 14 – Canada cable broadband subscribers by major operator – 2004 – 2010
  • Chart 15 – Canada DSL subscribers by major operator – 2004 – 2010
  • Chart 16 – Forecast Canadian residential DSL, cable, FttH and 4G wireless broadband subscribers – higher growth scenario – 2011 - 2015
  • Exhibit 1 – Australia shows broadband leadership
  • Exhibit 2 – Examples of countries with planned ICT infrastructure investment
  • Exhibit 3 – Open networks
  • Exhibit 4 – Faster broadband speeds offer more than just fast internet
  • Exhibit 5 – Explanation – optical fibre
  • Exhibit 6 – Open Access Principles
  • Exhibit 7 - Broadband Commission Declaration 2010: Broadband Inclusion for All
  • Exhibit 8 - United Nations Millennium Development Goals
  • Exhibit 9 – Broadband Commission recommendations and proposed plan of action
  • Exhibit 10 – Faster broadband speeds offer more than just fast Internet
  • Exhibit 11 – Why the average home will soon require 50Mb/s
  • Exhibit 12 – Explanation: optical fibre
  • Exhibit 13 – Examples of countries with planned ICT infrastructure investment – 2009
  • Exhibit 14 – Indicative average download broadband speeds – selected countries – 2009
  • Exhibit 15 – Broadband – infrastructure blueprint
  • Exhibit 16 – Examples of estimated costs of fibre deployment in the USA
  • Exhibit 17 – Smart City – Masdar City – Abu Dhabi
  • Exhibit 18 – Smart Homes
  • Exhibit 19 – Example of trans-sector collaboration in a Smart City
  • Exhibit 20 – Smart shopping
  • Exhibit 21 – Oncor (TXU) and the Current Group – Texas, USA
  • Exhibit 22 – Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) – California, USA
  • Exhibit 23 – Xcel Energy’s Smart Grid City, USA
  • Exhibit 24 – Southern California Edison, California, USA
  • Exhibit 25 – American Recovery and Reinvestment Act 2009
  • Exhibit 26 – Learning from e-cars
  • Exhibit 27 – Singapore – Structure of National Broadband Network

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