Global - Broadband and FttP - Key Statistics and Insights


Looking at previous developments in the internet/broadband market it is safe to say that from now on demand for FttP connections will – around the globe – only increase. Most heavy broadband use on smartphones and tablets takes place in homes, offices, airports, schools, universities, internet cafes, etc, and in most of these situations the WiFi networks are used for this, not the mobile networks. And all of these WiFi modems are linked to the fixed network. The increase of broadband access from tablets and smartphones will increase demand for fixed broadband access, and so the enormous appetite for mobile broadband will only increase the need for FttP networks.

Countries are viewing the developments in broadband infrastructure as a utility, similar to models used for gas, electricity and water, and such a model is the key to universally affordable broadband access. Treating the infrastructure separately from the services would bring telecoms investments more in line with that notion and therefore make investment in pure infrastructure models (such as FttP) more effective.

In 2017 there are over 930 million fixed broadband subscribers worldwide and by the end 2021 it is expected there will be over 1 billion fixed broadband subscriber lines.

Asia continues to represent a massive presence in the global broadband market in terms of both 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 some countries continue to develop National Broadband Networks (NBNs). In 2016, 151countries worldwide had NBN policies in place; a rise from 148 in 2015.

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 and its role in supporting developments in the mobile industry.

Latest developments:

  • The demand for rich media and high-speed broadband services is going through the roof.
  • South Korea is considered to be a global broadband leader and in Q1 2017 offered the fastest average broadband speeds worldwide.
  • Singapore however offers the fastest peak broadband connections as of Q1 2017.
  • 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

    • 1. Synopsis
    • 2. Introduction
    • 3. FttP is the only long-term solution
      • 3.1 Is building FttP cheaper than upgrading the HFC networks?
      • 3.2 The winners will be those with the largest installed fibre base
    • 4. Why National Broadband Networks (NBN) are so important
      • 4.1 Broadband equals healthcare infrastructure
      • 4.2 Broadband equals utility infrastructure
      • 4.3 Broadband equals education infrastructure
      • 4.4 Broadband equals media and e-business infrastructure
      • 4.5 Broadband equals smart cities
      • 4.6 IoT and M2M require broadband
    • 5. United Nations sustainable development goals
    • 6. Demand for FttP is increasing around the world
      • 6.1 Gigabit Cities
    • 7. Google Fiber and the future of FttH
    • 8. Mobile broadband: killer app for FttP
      • 8.1 The role of FttH in the development of 5G
    • 9. Positive outlook for investments in backbones
    • 10. International bandwidth usage
      • 10.1 International IP wholesale market
    • 11. Global submarine cable overview
      • 11.1 Dark fibre - in a growth phase again
    • 12. Global fixed broadband market summary and statistics
      • 12.1 Broadband subscribers and penetration
      • 12.2 Broadband access technologies
      • 12.3 South Korea – a global broadband leader
    • 13. Stretching out the life of copper cables
      • 13.1 The pros and cons of vectoring
    • 14. Broadband speeds
    • 15. Broadband revenue
      • 15.1 Broadband CAPEX
    • 16. Fibre optic technologies for the next 50 years
    • 17. Related reports
    • Table 1 – Global Internet Bandwidth Growth by Tb/s – 2010 – 2015; 2019
    • Table 2 – Global - Internet users and annual change – 2010 - 2017
    • Table 3 – Global - fixed broadband subscribers and annual change – 2005 – 2017
    • Table 4 – Regional - average fixed broadband prices - 2015
    • Table 5 – Regional – historical market shares of fixed broadband subscribers – 2014; 2015
    • Table 6 – Regional – market shares of fixed broadband subscribers – 2016
    • Table 7 – Top 10 countries by fixed broadband subscribers and global market share – 2016
    • Table 8 – Global - broadband market share by access technology – 2013; 2016
    • Table 9 – Global – average broadband speed by mb/s – 2012 – Q1 2017
    • Table 10 – Top 10 countries by average broadband connection speeds – Q1 2017
    • Table 11 - Top 10 countries by high broadband connectivity of above 10Mb/s – 2015; 2016
    • Table 12 - Top 10 countries by high broadband connectivity of above 15Mb/s – 2016
    • Table 13 – Global – total broadband services revenue – 2011 - 2018
    • Exhibit 1 – FttP business model is gaining strength – Australia in context
    • Exhibit 2 – Google Fiber

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Last updated 1 Nov 2017
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Analyst: Kylie Wansink

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