Global Fixed Broadband - Key Statistics and Insights


Asia continues to represent a massive presence in the global broadband market in terms of fixed (and mobile broadband) services. North America and Europe also have high mobile and fixed broadband penetrations when compared at global level.

China is considered 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 in 2019 there were over 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 and penetration. 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 continues to grow.
  • 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.
  • 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. The emerging markets have become a key focus for new under-sea cable developments.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction

  • National Broadband Networks (NBN) are important

    • 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

    • Focus on developing economies
  • Global fixed broadband market summary and statistics

    • Broadband subscribers and penetration
    • fixed and mobile broadband – regional level
    • Broadband speeds
  • Case study - South Korea is a global broadband leader

    • South Korea broadband statistics and forecast
  • 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 – International Internet Bandwidth Growth by Tb/s – 2014 – 2018
  • Table 2 – Global - Internet users and annual change – 2010 – 2019
  • Table 3 – Global - fixed broadband subscribers – 2005 – 2019
  • Table 4 – Regional – fixed broadband subscriptions – 2017; 2018
  • Table 5 – Top 10 countries by fixed broadband subscribers and global market share – 2017
  • Table 6 – Global – average broadband speed by mb/s – 2012 – 2018
  • Table 7 – Top 10 countries by average broadband connection speeds – Q1 2017
  • Table 8 – Top 10 countries by high broadband connectivity of above 10Mb/s – 2015; 2016
  • Table 9 – Top 10 countries by high broadband connectivity of above 15Mb/s – 2016
  • Table 10 – South Korea - Fixed Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) – 2008 – 2023
  • Table 11 – Global IT security spending – 2011 – 2018
  • Table 12 – Global IT security spending by segment – 2018

List of Charts

  • Chart 1 – Mobile Broadband vs Fixed Broadband Penetration by Region

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Last updated 25 Apr 2019
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Analyst: Kylie Wansink

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