2012 Global Broadband - The Fibre Future Looks Bright

Publication Overview

This report provides a valuable overview of trends and developments for the global fixed broadband sector. The report analyses the key market segments and issues impacting upon this sector; the major players; emerging trends and the importance of broadband for social and economic reasons. It explores key issues and opportunities and provides analyses, statistics, forecasts and trends.

Subjects include:

  • The importance of broadband for social and economic development;
  • The role and activities of The Broadband Commission;
  • Broadband infrastructure and the GFC;
  • National Broadband Networks;
  • The importance of a trans-sector approach;
  • Open networks as a key element for transformation;
  • Key global broadband and FttH statistics;
  • Regional overviews and statistics for North America, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Latin America and Asia Pacific.

Key developments:

The next step in broadband infrastructure is fibre-based deployment and some countries well and truly have this underway. Australia was the first country to get the (national purpose) vision right, thanks to government leadership and a national broadband network is currently being deployed. 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.

Examples of companies mentioned in this report:

China Telecom; China Unicom; NTT; Comcast (cable), AT&T (DSL); Deutsche Telekom; Time Warner (cable); Orange (France Telecom); Telecom Italia; Verizon (DSL); Prodigy; BT etc.

This report is essential reading for those needing high level strategic information, insights and key statistics on the global and regional fixed broadband sector.

Researcher:- Kylie Wansink
Current publication date:- June 2012 (9th Edition)

Executive Summary

Fast broadband becoming a necessity for society

BuddeComm’s annual publication Global Broadband – The Fibre Future Looks Bright, gives the latest insights into the global developments surrounding fixed broadband. The report includes broad statistical information and insights into broadband development around the world.

It explores the growing importance of fast broadband for social and economic reasons and focuses on the importance of a trans-sector approach. In addition it provides unique insights into national broadband networks based on observing the developments occurring in the leading markets around the world.

Regional overviews and statistics for North America, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Latin America and Asia Pacific, are also provided, written by BuddeComm’s Senior Analysts.

There are many excellent government broadband initiatives and innovative commercial projects taking place and today the policies of over 40 countries include acknowledgement of the national importance of broadband for their social and economic development.

With this understanding having been established, it becomes easier to develop the right policies for the development of broadband infrastructure as well as for other social and economic policies. Until now there has been no coordination between sector-based policies and regulation. Some countries do not allow their electricity companies and telecommunication companies to share infrastructure; in most countries e-health is not covered by health insurance schemes; and some of the education-based systems date back to the Middle Ages and need a total rethink and overhaul.

All of this requires a whole-of-government approach and it would be beneficial if governments were to show leadership.

At the same time the technology is advancing relentlessly, and the democratisation processes that these changes are going to bring with them are enormous. People will become much more directly and personally involved in these developments. They will no longer be passive bystanders, waiting to be told what they can do, or what products and services they can use, by vested interests operating according to decades-old structures designed to further their own political or commercial position.

People will demand better customer experiences because they know that these are achievable, and they will choose to deal with organisations that offer more assertive, interactive and personal services.

The future looks very bright. Access to broadband will empower people to look for better jobs, to achieve better business results, and to seek better healthcare and education – all the critical elements needed to build an improved more transparent, equitable, prosperous and caring global society.

The Asia-Pacific region is leading the charge towards faster broadband and has the highest fibre broadband penetration in the world, followed by North America. Asia-Pacific represents the majority 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 past two years or so, epitomised by the migration to higher-data services and from copper-based networks to fibre.

It has become well accepted that broadband offers enormous social benefits and in some cases is becoming a human right.

Market Highlights

  • With more and more video applications being used in ever increasing broader markets; there is a widespread interest in upgrading to higher-speed services;
  • It is important that an NBN infrastructure company is seen as a regulated basic national infrastructure provider and not as a telecommunications company;
  • It is also important to note that applications will come and go, and they will continually improve, but the NBN infrastructure at its most fundamental level should be sustainable, lasting near-forever, and incurring only routine, periodic improvements along the way.
  • An NBN should be based on an open network approach and this makes it possible to offer the basic infrastructure on a utility basis to content and service providers, and this paves the way for the development of the digital economy.
  • In 2012 there are around 2.3 billion households with Internet access and around 35% of these will have access to fixed broadband.
  • Broadband availability and speed are strong drivers in an economy.
  • In both Canada and the US, broadband has become one of the fastest growing sectors of the telecoms market.
  • Most governments in Europe have used public funds to upgrade broadband infrastructure.
  • Fibre bandwidth in Africa increased 100-fold in three years, with further investments of US$20 billion required.
  • Large scale fibre rollouts, particularly in the Gulf region, are being matched with increased international bandwidth.
  • More and more countries in Latin America are adopting national broadband plans
  • Australia is a unique example of where the government’s vision for the National Broadband Network (NBN) has received widespread support.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Global Broadband - A Bright Future Based on Necessity
    • 1.1 Global Broadband - Important for Social and Economic Development
      • 1.1.1 Introduction: broadband doesn’t just equal high-speed Internet
      • 1.1.2 The many aspects of broadband infrastructure
      • 1.1.3 Trans-sectoral thinking required for governments
      • 1.1.4 Barriers to NBN and broadband adoption
      • 1.1.5 Conclusion
    • 1.2 The Broadband Commission for Development
      • 1.2.1 Introduction
      • 1.2.2 The connected society
      • 1.2.3 A cost-effective platform for progress
      • 1.2.4 Trans-sector approach begins to take hold
      • 1.2.5 The Concept
      • 1.2.6 Developments in 2012
      • 1.2.7 The UN Broadband Commission and RIO+20
      • 1.2.8 Developments in 2011
      • 1.2.9 The final reports
  • 2. Broadband Infrastructure and the GFC
    • 2.1 ICT and Broadband - Important for Global Recovery
      • 2.1.1 Introduction
      • 2.1.2 Market summary
      • 2.1.3 Investing in the Communications Revolution
      • 2.1.4 Co-development of fibre and the digital economy
      • 2.1.5 Infrastructure essential for the digital economy
  • 3. National Broadband Networks (NBN)
    • 3.1 Introduction to National Broadband Networks
      • 3.1.1 National Broadband Network Company
      • 3.1.2 Open network = innovation and affordability
      • 3.1.3 Technology critical consideration
      • 3.1.4 Wireless broadband
      • 3.1.5 Other quick-win areas
      • 3.1.6 Trans-sector government
      • 3.1.7 Using electricity infrastructure to roll out broadband
  • 4. The Importance of a Tran-Sector Approach
    • 4.1 Trans-sector Policy Development
      • 4.1.1 Introduction
      • 4.1.2 Economic and social multiplier effects
      • 4.1.3 Why did we get it so wrong in the first place?
      • 4.1.4 Smart policies will assist in budget-cutting
      • 4.1.5 Differences between fast broadband approaches
      • 4.1.6 Trans-sector requires intelligent approach towards measurement
      • 4.1.7 Massive increase in efficiency, productivity and customer satisfaction
      • 4.1.8 Privacy is paramount
      • 4.1.9 Conclusion: a market of nine billion people
  • 5. Open Networks: A Key Element for Transformation
    • 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 Backgrounder: 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. Global Broadband Statistics and Trends
    • 6.1 Global Broadband Market Overview
      • 6.1.1 The need for high-speed networks
      • 6.1.2 FttH emerges as a serious broadband platform
      • 6.1.3 Global fixed broadband market summary
      • 6.1.4 Leading markets
      • 6.1.5 Market insights
      • 6.1.6 Trans-sector approach to broadband infrastructure
      • 6.1.7 Mobile broadband: killer app for FttH
  • 7. Regional Overviews
    • 7.1 North America
      • 7.1.1 Market overview
      • 7.1.2 Broadband infrastructure and the GFC
    • 7.2 Latin America
      • 7.2.1 Introduction
      • 7.2.2 Case studies
      • 7.2.3 Argentina
      • 7.2.4 Brazil
      • 7.2.5 Colombia
    • 7.3 Europe
      • 7.3.1 NGN in Europe
      • 7.3.2 Stimulus package intervention
      • 7.3.3 NGNs
    • 7.4 Africa
      • 7.4.1 Overview
    • 7.5 Middle East
      • 7.5.1 Introduction
      • 7.5.2 International fibre access
      • 7.5.3 Bahrain
      • 7.5.4 Oman
      • 7.5.5 Qatar
      • 7.5.6 Saudi Arabia
      • 7.5.7 UAE
    • 7.6 Asia
      • 7.6.1 Overview
      • 7.6.2 Taiwan
      • 7.6.3 Japan
      • 7.6.4 South Korea
      • 7.6.5 Singapore
    • 7.7 Pacific Region
      • 7.7.1 Australia
      • 7.7.2 New Zealand
  • 8. Glossary of Abbreviations
  • Table 1 – Worldwide telecom statistics at a glance – 2012
  • Table 2 – Worldwide fixed broadband subscribers and annual change – 2005 - 2012
  • Table 3 – How investing in broadband can boost economies
  • Table 4 – Worldwide Internet users – 2000 - 2012
  • Table 5 – Worldwide fixed broadband subscribers and annual change – 2005 - 2012
  • Table 6 – Regional - Share of broadband subscribers – Q1 2011
  • Table 7 – Worldwide - Top 10 countries by fixed broadband subscribers – 2008 - 2010
  • Table 8 – OECD - Top 10 countries by fixed broadband subscribers – June 2010
  • Table 9 – Broadband access among Internet households – selected countries – 2004 - 2010
  • Table 10 – Worldwide DSL subscribers – 2000 - 2012
  • Table 11 – Worldwide - broadband market share by access technology – 2009 - 2011
  • Table 12 – OECD - Broadband market share by access technology – 2008; Mid 2010; Mid 2011
  • Table 13 – Worldwide – Number of FTTx subscribers – comparison of analysts’ estimates
  • Table 14 – USA; Europe; Asia-Pacific – number of FTTx subscribers – 2007 – mid 2011
  • Table 15 – Worldwide – Examples of top markets with FTTx penetration > 1% – 2007; 2009; 2011
  • Table 16 – OECD – Top 5 countries with most expensive broadband price per Mb/s – September 2010 - March 2012
  • Table 17 – OECD – Top 5 countries with cheapest broadband price per Mb/s – March 2012
  • Table 18 – Worldwide - Average entry level monthly broadband price by technology – Mid 2008 - 2010
  • Table 19 – Average broadband connection speed by top 10 countries – Q1 2011; Q4 2011
  • Table 20 – Worldwide - Average overall fixed broadband and upload speeds – 2008 - 2011
  • Table 21 –Worldwide – Total broadband services revenue –2008; 2010; 2012; 2014; 2016
  • Table 22 – Historical - Leading countries market share of fixed broadband services revenue – 2009
  • Table 23 – Major 11 broadband carriers by subscribers – 2010; 2011
  • Table 24 – Countries with existing national policies to adopt broadband – 2012
  • Table 25 – Broadband lines, penetration and new lines per day – 2003 - 2011
  • Table 26 – Broadband availability through Economic Action Plan – 2010 - 2012
  • Table 27 – Latin America - fixed broadband subscribers and penetration – 2001 - 2012
  • Table 28 – Fixed broadband market share by technology – 2001 - 2012
  • Table 29 – Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration rates – 2001 - 2012
  • Table 30 – Fixed broadband market share by technology – 2003 - 2012
  • Table 31 – Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration – 2001 - 2012
  • Table 32 – Broadband market share by technology – 2002 - 2012
  • Table 33 – Broadband subscribers and penetration rates – 2002 - 2012
  • Table 34 – Broadband technologies in Colombia – market share – 2003 - 2012
  • Table 35 – Taiwan - Broadband subscribers and households – December 2011
  • Table 36 – Taiwan - Broadband subscribers and annual change by access – December 2011
  • Table 37 – Japan - Broadband subscribers and households – September 2011
  • Table 38 – Japan - Broadband subscribers and market share by access type – September 2011
  • Table 39 – UBcN implementation goals in households/subscribers – 2009 - 2013
  • Table 40 – South Korea - Broadband subscribers and households – November 2011
  • Table 41 – South Korea - Broadband market share by operator – November 2011
  • Table 42 – Singapore broadband subscribers – 1999 - 2012
  • Table 43 – Singapore - Overview of broadband/household subscribers – 2011
  • Table 44 – Singapore broadband subscribers by sector – 2011
  • Table 45 – Singapore broadband market share – by access type – 2011
  • Table 46 –.co.nz versus total domain name registrations in New Zealand – 2006 - 2012
  • Table 47 – Broadband subscribers by technology in New Zealand – 2012
  • Chart example – Worldwide fixed broadband subscribers - 2005 – 2012
  • Chart 1 – Global Fixed Broadband and Mobile Subscriber Growth – 2007 -2010
  • Chart 2 – Worldwide fixed broadband subscribers - 2005 – 2012
  • Chart 3 – Worldwide Internet users – 2000 - 2012
  • Chart 4 – Worldwide fixed broadband subscribers - 2005 – 2012
  • Chart 5 – Worldwide DSL subscribers - 2000 – 2012
  • Chart 6 - Major 11 broadband carriers by subscribers – 2010; 2011
  • Chart 7 – Fixed broadband technologies at a glance – 2003 - 2012
  • Chart 8 – Fixed broadband technologies at a glance – 2002 - 2012
  • Chart 9 – Broadband subscribers – market evolution at a glance – 2003-2012
  • Chart 10 – Taiwan - Fixed-line broadband subscribers by technology – 2003 - 2011
  • Chart 11 – Japan - Broadband subscribers and population penetration – 2000 - 2012
  • Chart 12 – South Korea - Broadband subscribers and population penetration – 2000 - 2013
  • Chart 13 – South Korea - Share of broadband subscribers by technology – 1998 - 2011
  • Chart 14 – Singapore fixed broadband subscribers – DSL and cable modem – 2001 - 2011
  • Chart 15 – Overview of domain name registrations in New Zealand – .co.nz versus total – 2009 - 2012
  • Exhibit 1 – Examples of countries with planned ICT infrastructure investment – 2009
  • Exhibit 2 – Open networks
  • Exhibit 3 – Key insights towards FttH and Trans-sector strategy
  • Exhibit 4 – Open Access Principles
  • Exhibit 5 – Faster broadband speeds offer more than just fast Internet
  • Exhibit 6 – Why the average home will soon require 50Mb/s
  • Exhibit 7 – Explanation: optical fibre
  • Exhibit 8 – Examples of countries with planned ICT infrastructure investment – 2009

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Last updated 19 Jun 2012
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