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 the government’s target of providing a gigabit service nationally 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 2022;
  • NetCologne rolls out 1Gb/s service in Cologne;
  • 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 2018, VATM market data for 2019, telcos’ operating and financial data to Q3 2019, 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

  • Introduction and statistical overview

    • Market analysis
    • Government support
    • Government Broadband Strategy
      • Broadband statistics
  • Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks

    • Cable market consolidation
    • Unitymedia
  • Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks

    • VDSL
    • Providers
      • Telekom Deutschland
      • United Internet
      • Vodafone Germany
      • Telefónica Germany
      • QSC
    • G.fast
  • Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks

    • Telekom Deutschland
    • Other developments
      • Other operators
  • Other fixed broadband services

    • Broadband Powerline (BPL)
    • Fixed wireless
      • Wireless Local Loop (WLL)
      • WiMAX/Wi-Fi
      • Internet via satellite
  • Appendix – Historic data

  • Related reports


List of Tables

  • Table 1 – Change in the number of Telekom Deutschland’s direct, resale and LLU broadband lines – 2006 – 2019
  • Table 2 – Growth in fixed broadband traffic, by year and average per connection – 2009 – 2019
  • Table 3 – Change in market share of broadband subscribers by major provider – 2012 – 2019
  • Table 4 – Market share of broadband subscribers by minor provider – 2012 – 2019
  • Table 5 – Growth in the number of fixed broadband subscribers and penetration – 2009 – 2024
  • Table 6 – Change in market share of broadband subscribers by platform – 2016 – 2019
  • Table 7 – Increase in fixed broadband penetration by platform – 2007 – 2018
  • Table 8 – Change in the number of broadband lines by data rates – 2014 – 2019
  • Table 9 – Change in the proportion of fixed broadband lines by data rates – 2014 – 2019
  • Table 10 – Change in the share of fixed broadband lines by Telekom and altnets – 2009 – 2018
  • Table 11 – Growth in the number of cable broadband subscribers – 2009 – 2019
  • Table 12 – Growth in the number of DOCSIS3.1 cable connections – 2018 – 2019
  • Table 13 – Growth in the number of Unitymedia broadband and telephony subscribers – 2006 – 2019
  • Table 14 – Development of Unitymedia’s financial data – 2006 – 2019
  • Table 15 – Change in the proportion of DSL connections by provider – 2009 – 2018
  • Table 16 – Growth in the number of DSL broadband subscribers – 2009 – 2019
  • Table 17 – Change in the number of DSL connections by type – 2007 – 2019
  • Table 18 – Growth in the number of VDSL broadband subscribers – 2009 – 2018
  • Table 19 – Growth in the number of Telekom Deutschland’s wholesale and resale lines – 2009 – 2019
  • Table 20 – Development of United Internet’s financial data – 2007 – 2019
  • Table 21 – Growth in the number of United Internet’s subscribers by type– 2010 – 2019
  • Table 22 – Growth in the number of Vodafone Germany’s fixed broadband subscribers – 2010 – 2019
  • Table 23 – Growth in the number of Telefónica Germany’s fixed broadband subscribers – 2007 – 2019
  • Table 24 – QSC financial data – 2006 – 2019
  • Table 25 – Growth in the number of households passed with fibre – 2007 – 2019
  • Table 26 – Annual net additions in FttP/B households passed and connected – 2011 – 2019
  • Table 27 – Growth in the number of active FttP/B connections by provider – 2012 – 2019
  • Table 28 – Change in the share of FttP/B connections by provider – 2011 – 2019
  • Table 29 – Growth in the number of Telekom Deutschland’s fibre subscribers – 2015 – 2019
  • Table 30 – Historic - Telekom Deutschland wholesale and resale lines – 2004 – 2009
  • Table 31 – Historic - Internet users and penetration rate – 1999 – 2015
  • Table 32 – Historic - Broadband lines by data rates (old format) – 2005 – 2013
  • Table 33 – Historic – Fixed broadband traffic, by year and average per connection – 2005 – 2009
  • Table 34 – Historic - Cable broadband subscribers – 2000 – 2009
  • Table 35 – Historic - Proportion of DSL connections by provider – 2001 – 2009
  • Table 36 – Historic - DSL broadband subscribers – 2001 – 2009
  • Table 37 – Historic - Proportion of broadband lines by data rates (old format) – 2005 – 2017
  • Table 38 – Historic - Share of fixed broadband lines by Telekom and altnets – 2003 – 2009
  • Table 39 – Historic - KDG financial data – 2007 – 2018
  • Table 40 – Historic - KDG internet and telephony RGUs – 2007 – 2018
  • Table 41 – Historic - KDG blended ARPU – 2007 – 2018
  • Table 42 – Historic - DSL lines by data rates – 2012 – 2016
  • Table 43 – Historic - Proportion of DSL lines by data rates – 2012 – 2016

List of Charts

  • Chart 1 – Change in the number of Telekom Deutschland’s direct, resale and LLU broadband lines – 2006 – 2019
  • Chart 2 – Growth in fixed broadband traffic, by year and average per connection – 2009 – 2019
  • Chart 3 – Change in market share of broadband subscribers by major provider – 2012 – 2019
  • Chart 4 – Growth in the number of fixed broadband subscribers and penetration – 2009 – 2024
  • Chart 5 – Change in market share of broadband subscribers by platform – 2016 – 2019
  • Chart 6 – Increase in fixed broadband penetration by platform – 2007 – 2018
  • Chart 7 – Change in the number of broadband lines by data rates – 2014 – 2019
  • Chart 8 – Change in the proportion of fixed broadband lines by data rates – 2014 – 2019
  • Chart 9 – Change in the share of fixed broadband lines by Telekom and altnets – 2009 – 2018
  • Chart 10 – Growth in the number of cable broadband subscribers – 2009 – 2019
  • Chart 11 – Growth in the number of Unitymedia broadband and telephony subscribers – 2006 – 2019
  • Chart 12 – Development of Unitymedia’s financial data – 2006 – 2019
  • Chart 13 – Change in the proportion of DSL connections by provider – 2009 – 2018
  • Chart 14 – Growth in the number of DSL broadband subscribers – 2009 – 2019
  • Chart 15 – Change in the number of DSL connections by type – 2007 – 2019
  • Chart 16 – Growth in the number of Telekom Deutschland’s wholesale and resale lines – 2009 – 2019
  • Chart 17 – Development of United Internet’s financial data – 2007 – 2019
  • Chart 18 – Growth in the number of United Internet’s subscribers by type– 2010 – 2019
  • Chart 19 – Growth in the number of Vodafone Germany’s fixed broadband subscribers – 2010 – 2019
  • Chart 20 – Growth in the number of Telefónica Germany’s fixed broadband subscribers – 2007 – 2019
  • Chart 21 – QSC financial data – 2007 – 2019
  • Chart 22 – Growth in the number of households passed with fibre – 2007 – 2019
  • Chart 23 – Growth in the number of households passed with fibre – 2007 – 2019
  • Chart 24 – Growth in the number of active FttP/B connections by provider – 2012 – 2019
  • Chart 25 – Change in the share of FttP/B connections by provider – 2011 – 2019
  • Chart 26 – Growth in the number of Telekom Deutschland’s fibre subscribers – 2015 – 2019

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Last updated 12 Nov 2019
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Analyst: Henry Lancaster

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