Germany - Fixed Broadband Market - Statistics and Analyses

Synopsis

Germany has one of the largest broadband markets in Europe and also one of the more progressive in the pursuit of DOCSIS3.1 and G.fast deployments. The dominant DSL platform is led by Telekom Deutschland, which continues to invest in network upgrades with a focus on a hybrid fibre and vectoring VDSL solution. This strategy is aimed at competing with cablcos which are upgrading their networks, , as also at reaching broadband targets by 2020 and the more ambitious aim of creating a gigabit Germany by 2025.

Faster broadband is creating demand for new bundled services while intense competition has seen prices fall dramatically. Lower charges for local loop unbundling imposed by the regulator should also help increase competition and lower prices further.

The FttP segment has been slow to develop given the emphasis on vectoring DSL, though since early 2018 Telekom has also increased its efforts to extend the reach of FttP beyond business parks and new estates. Investment in fibre backhaul has also been a consideration to support operators’ 5G plans.

This report profiles Germany’s fixed and wireless broadband markets, together with subscriber forecasts and an analysis of developments with related technologies such as FttP, DOCSIS3.1 and powerline broadband.

Key developments:

  • Vodafone Germany to extend its 1Gb/s service to 25 million premises by 2025;
  • NetCologne invests €100 million in G.fast and FttP;
  • Tele Columbus rebranded as PŸUR;
  • EWE to invest more than €1 billion in fibre-based infrastructure to 2026;
  • Industry pressure to develop a gigabit society by 2025;
  • Telekom Deutschland expands vectoring VDSL;
  • Unitymedia sold to Vodafone Group;
  • Report update includes the regulator’s market data for 2017, VATM market data for 2017, telcos’ operating and financial data to Q3 2018, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Telekom Deutschland, United Internet, Vodafone, Tiscali, Freenet, Telefónica, QSC, Kabel BW, Kabel Deutschland, Unitymedia, PrimaCom, The Cloud, Energie Baden-Wurttemberg.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Introduction and statistical overview
    • 2.1 Market analysis
    • 2.2 Government support
    • 2.3 Government Broadband Strategy
      • 2.3.1 Broadband statistics
    • 2.4 Forecasts – fixed broadband subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023
  • 3. Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
    • 3.1 Cable market consolidation
    • 3.2 Kabel Deutschland (Vodafone Germany)
    • 3.3 Unitymedia
  • 4. Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
    • 4.1 VDSL
    • 4.2 Providers
      • 4.2.1 Telekom Deutschland
      • 4.2.2 Versatel
      • 4.2.3 United Internet
      • 4.2.4 Vodafone Germany
      • 4.2.5 Telefónica Germany
      • 4.2.6 QSC
    • 4.3 G.fast
  • 5. Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
    • 5.1 Telekom Deutschland
    • 5.2 Other developments
      • 5.2.1 Other operators
  • 6. Other fixed broadband services
    • 6.1 Broadband Powerline (BPL)
    • 6.2 Fixed wireless
      • 6.2.1 Wireless Local Loop (WLL)
      • 6.2.2 WiMAX/Wi-Fi
      • 6.2.3 Internet via satellite
  • 7. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Historic - Internet users and penetration rate – 1999 - 2009
  • Table 2 – Internet users and penetration rate – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 3 – Broadband subscriber lines by type – 2006 - 2018
  • Table 4 – Broadband traffic, by year and average per connection – 2005 - 2018
  • Table 5 – Market share of broadband subscribers by major provider – 2012 - 2018
  • Table 6 – Market share of broadband subscribers by minor provider – 2012 - 2018
  • Table 7 – Broadband penetration – 2001 - 2018
  • Table 8 – Broadband penetration by sector – 2007 - 2017
  • Table 9 – Broadband lines by data rates – 2005 - 2018
  • Table 10 – Proportion of broadband lines by data rates (VATM data) – 2005 - 2018
  • Table 11 – Share of overall fixed broadband lines by provider – 2003 - 2018
  • Table 12 – Forecast fixed-line broadband subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023
  • Table 13 – Cable broadband subscribers – 2000 - 2018
  • Table 14 – Vodafone KDG financial data – 2007 - 2018
  • Table 15 – Vodafone KDG internet and telephony RGUs – 2007 - 2018
  • Table 16 – Vodafone KDG blended ARPU – 2007 - 2018
  • Table 17 – Unitymedia broadband and telephony subscribers – 2006 - 2018
  • Table 18 – Unitymedia financial data – 2006 - 2018
  • Table 19 – Proportion of DSL connections by provider – 2001 - 2018
  • Table 20 – DSL broadband subscribers – 2001 - 2018
  • Table 21 – DSL lines by data rates – 2012 - 2017
  • Table 22 – Proportion of DSL lines by data rates – 2012 - 2017
  • Table 23 – DSL connections by type – 2007 - 2017
  • Table 24 – Telekom Deutschland wholesale and resale lines – 2004 - 2018
  • Table 25 – United Internet financial data – 2007 - 2018
  • Table 26 – United Internet subscribers by type– 2010 - 2018
  • Table 27 – Vodafone fixed broadband subscribers – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 28 – Telefónica Germany broadband subscribers – 2007 – 2018
  • Table 29 – QSC financial data – 2006 - 2018
  • Table 30 – Households passed with fibre – 2007 - 2018
  • Table 31 – Annual net additions in FttP/B households passed and connected – 2011 - 2018
  • Table 32 – FttP/B connections by provider – 2012 - 2018
  • Table 33 – FttP/B share of connections by provider – 2011 - 2018
  • Table 34 – Telekom Deutschland fibre subscribers – 2015 - 2018
  • Chart 1 – Internet users and penetration rate – 2005 - 2018
  • Chart 2 – Broadband subscriber lines by type – 2006 – 2018
  • Chart 3 – Broadband lines by data rates – 2005 – 2018
  • Chart 4 – Proportion of broadband lines by data rates (VATM data) – 2005 – 2018
  • Chart 5 – Vodafone KDG financial data – 2007 - 2018
  • Chart 6 – Vodafone KDG blended ARPU – 2007 - 2018
  • Chart 7 – Unitymedia broadband and telephony subscribers – 2006 - 2018
  • Chart 8 – Unitymedia financial data – 2006 - 2018
  • Chart 9 – Telekom Deutschland wholesale and resale lines – 2004 - 2018
  • Chart 10 – United Internet financial data – 2007 - 2018
  • Chart 11 – United Internet subscribers by type– 2010 – 2018
  • Chart 12 – QSC financial data – 2007 - 2018
  • Chart 13 – Households passed with fibre – 2007 – 2018

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Last updated 14 Nov 2018
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Analyst: Henry Lancaster

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