USA - Fixed Broadband Market - Statistics and Analyses

Synopsis

The US broadband market is seeing significant investment activity in fibre deployments, HFC upgrades with DOCSIS3.1 technology, and to a lesser extent G.fast. In addition, the market players are in the forefront with developing technologies and services based on 5G, which will facilitate the ability of customers to access their bundled services.

For some years much of the investment in fibre was undertaken by a number of smaller players and municipalities rather than the two key telcos, AT&T and Verizon, which had concentrated on a hybrid fibre/copper network. However, since 2017 these two operators have been fully focussed on FttP, shifting their investment efforts from a hybrid fibre-copper architecture. AT&T alone aims to cover almost 13 million premises with FttP by mid-2019. Verizon had a patchy experience with its FttN rollouts and so has chosen to switch deployment to FttP.

Although Google Fiber, as one of the key proponents of gigabit services, began scaling back its efforts at the end of the year it still promotes services in a number of markets. Altice USA is among those traditional cable broadband providers which have switched investments to fibre, believing that services based on GPON technology can be rendered more cost effective by using aerial rather than underground cabling.

There is growing recognition of the importance of a trans-sectoral approach to broadband networks, including the health, education and energy sectors, in order to fully realise the benefits of the nascent digital economy. The FCC’s Eight Fixed Broadband report, published in December 2018, revealed how much still needs to be done to move the US broadband market forward.

This report reviews several aspects of the cable, DSL, FttP, Wi-Fi and WiMAX broadband markets in the US. It provides market analyses as well as a range of relevant statistics in general and on the key operators.

Key developments:

  • Altice USA split off from parent company Altice;
  • Charter Communications launches 1Gb/s DOCSIS3.1 service;
  • Round 2 auction of the Connect America Fund completed;
  • Frontier acquires Verizon's wireline assets in three western states for $10.5 billion;
  • New York state proposal for $1 billion investment in broadband infrastructure using state and private funds;
  • Next Century Cities program expands to 50 cities developing affordable broadband solutions;
  • USDA makes available $190.5 million in loans and grants for rural broadband;
  • FCC rules 25Mb/s as a newly defined broadband speed, approves $2 billion to improve Wi-Fi to schools, releases Broadband Progress Report;
  • Report update includes telcos' operating and financial data to Q3 2018, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Clearwire, Sprint, AT&T, Verizon, MetroPCS, US Cellular, Qwest, CenturyLink, Frontier Communications, Windstream, Fairpoint, Cincinnati Bell, Comcast, Google, HughesNet, ViaSat

Table of Contents

  • Introduction and statistical overview

    • Market analysis
    • Broadband statistics
    • Forecasts – broadband subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023
  • Policy and regulation framework

    • Network regulation overview
    • Broadband stimulus package
    • FCC’s National Broadband Plan
    • Private networks
    • Network neutrality
  • Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) network

    • New technologies
    • Cable operators
      • Altice USA
      • Comcast Corporation
      • Charter Communications
  • Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks

    • Introduction
    • Verizon
    • AT&T
    • Frontier Communications
    • G.fast developments
  • Other fixed broadband services

    • Wi-Fi
    • WiMAX
    • Municipal wireless broadband
      • Next Century Cities
      • Los Angeles
      • Other developments
    • State and municipal deployments
    • Satellite broadband
    • PLC
  • Digital -economy

    • E-services
      • E-entertainment
      • E-health
      • E-government
      • E-education
      • E-commerce
  • Digital media

    • Videostreaming
    • Music streaming
  • Related reports


List of Tables

  • Table 1 – Historic - Internet users and penetration – 2000 – 2009
  • Table 2 – Internet users and penetration – 2010 – 2018
  • Table 3 – Historic - Broadband subscribers and penetration – 2000 – 2009
  • Table 4 – Broadband subscribers and penetration – 2010 – 2018
  • Table 5 – Forecast broadband subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023
  • Table 6 – Fixed broadband subscribers by data rate – 2012 – 2016
  • Table 7 – Fixed broadband population coverage by data rate – 2012 – 2016
  • Table 8 – Top 10 cable MSOs’ subscribers – 2010; 2012 – 2018
  • Table 9 – US cable modem subscribers – 2000 – 2018
  • Table 10 – Historic - Cablevision subscriptions by service – 2011 – 2015
  • Table 11 – Historic - Cablevision financial data – 2011 – 2015
  • Table 12 – Altice USA RGUs by service – 2016 – 2018
  • Table 13 – Optimum RGUs by service – 2015 – 2018
  • Table 14 – Suddenlink RGUs by service – 2015 – 2018
  • Table 15 – Altice USA financial data – 2016 – 2018
  • Table 16 – Altice USA revenue by type – 2016 – 2018
  • Table 17 – Suddenlink financial data – 2016 – 2018
  • Table 18 – Cablevision financial data – 2016 – 2018
  • Table 19 – Comcast financial data – 2015 – 2018
  • Table 20 – Comcast revenue by service– 2012 – 2018
  • Table 21 – Comcast subscriptions by service – 2012 – 2018
  • Table 22 – Comcast bundled services subscriptions – 2014 – 2018
  • Table 23 – Charter Communications financial data – 2015 – 2018
  • Table 24 – Charter Communications residential revenue by type – 2015 – 2018
  • Table 25 – Charter Communications residential RGUs by type – 2015 – 2018
  • Table 26 – Broadband subscribers for major telco providers – 2009 – 2018
  • Table 27 – Verizon wireline (FiOS) operational data – 2010 – 2018
  • Table 28 – Verizon wireline financial data – 2014 – 2018
  • Table 29 – AT&T fixed-line operational data – 2011 – 2018
  • Table 30 – AT&T financial data – 2011 – 2018
  • Table 31 – Frontier Communications revenue – 2008 – 2018
  • Table 32 – Frontier Communications customers by sector – 2011 – 2018

List of Charts

  • Chart 1 – Broadband subscribers and penetration – 2005 – 2018
  • Chart 2 – Comcast revenue by service– 2012 – 2018
  • Chart 3 – Comcast subscriptions by service – 2012 – 2018
  • Chart 4 – Comcast bundled services subscriptions – 2014 – 2018
  • Chart 5 – Verizon wireline (FiOS) operational data – 2010 – 2018
  • Chart 6 – AT&T operational data – 2011 – 2018
  • Chart 7 – AT&T financial data – 2011 – 2018
  • Chart 8 – Frontier Communications customers by sector – 2011 – 2018

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Number of pages 79

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Last updated 7 Jan 2019
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Analyst: Henry Lancaster

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