Global - Broadband and FttP - Key Statistics and Insights


Asia continues to represent a massive presence in the global broadband market in terms of fixed (and mobile broadband) services. The region in fact makes a strong claim to be leading the world in the development of broadband internet. China is the global leader in terms of the number of fixed broadband subscribers, followed by the USA. South Korea offers the fastest average fixed broadband speeds worldwide.

Deployments based on Fibre-to-the-Premises will continue to gain momentum as many countries continue to develop their National Broadband Networks (NBNs) and we are getting close to having 1 billion fixed broadband subscriptions globally.

This report provides a valuable overview and analysis of the global broadband market, supported by key broadband statistics. The report identifies the leading broadband markets and provides important information surrounding global broadband subscribers, access technologies (including submarine cables), speeds and pricing. It includes analyses on the role of fibre technologies in the future; its role in supporting developments in the mobile industry and issues regarding IT security. The report also includes a brief case study on what of the leading countries, South Korea.

Latest developments:

  • The demand for rich media and high-speed broadband services is going through the roof.
  • South Korea is a global broadband leader.
  • In terms of broadband access technologies - FttX now accounts for the largest market share worldwide at the expense of DSL which is in decline.
  • Global broadband prices are declining in many markets around the world, making it more affordable and more obtainable to the greater population.
  • Submarine infrastructure continues to be developed for international communications as it can carry more data and provide faster connection speeds than the other alternative, satellites. It is estimated around 95% of international traffic is carried by undersea networks.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction

  • Why National Broadband Networks (NBN) are so important

    • Broadband equals healthcare infrastructure
    • Broadband equals utility infrastructure
    • Broadband equals education infrastructure
    • Broadband equals media and e-business infrastructure
    • Broadband equals smart cities
    • IoT and M2M require broadband
  • United Nations sustainable development goals

  • Demand for FttP is increasing around the world

    • Mobile broadband and fibre both required
    • The role of FttH in the development of 5G
    • Positive outlook for investments in backbones
  • International bandwidth usage

    • International IP wholesale market
  • Global submarine cable overview

    • Dark fibre - in a growth phase again
  • Global fixed broadband market summary and statistics

    • Broadband subscribers and penetration
    • Broadband access technologies
    • Broadband speeds
  • Case study - South Korea is a global broadband leader

  • Robust infrastructure will help with cyber-security

    • Cyber-security issues
    • Infrastructure issues
      • How safe is FttH?
    • E-security/cyber-security spending
  • Related reports

List of Tables

  • Table 1 – Global Internet Bandwidth Growth by Tb/s – 2010 – 2017
  • Table 2 – Global - Internet users and annual change – 2010 – 2018
  • Table 3 – Global - fixed broadband subscribers – 2005 – 2018
  • Table 4 – Regional – fixed broadband subscriptions – 2017
  • Table 5 – Top 10 countries by fixed broadband subscribers and global market share – 2017
  • Table 6 – Global - broadband market share by access technology – 2013; 2016
  • Table 7 – Global – average broadband speed by mb/s – 2012 – 2018
  • Table 8 – Top 10 countries by average broadband connection speeds – Q1 2017
  • Table 9 – Top 10 countries by high broadband connectivity of above 10Mb/s – 2015; 2016
  • Table 10 – Top 10 countries by high broadband connectivity of above 15Mb/s – 2016
  • Table 11 – South Korea - fixed broadband subscribers and penetration (with Forecast) – 2007 – 2022
  • Table 12 – Global IT security spending – 2011 – 2018
  • Table 13 – Global IT security spending by segment – 2018

List of Charts

  • Chart 1 – South Korea - fixed broadband subscribers and penetration (with Forecast) – 2007 – 2022

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Last updated 7 Sep 2018
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