United Kingdom - Fixed Broadband Market - Statistics and Analyses

Synopsis

The UK’s broadband market enjoys excellent cross-platform competition. DSL infrastructure is comprehensively available, while the main cable operator Virgin Media, owned by Liberty Global, aims to increase its footprint to cover about two-thirds of premises by 2019. Virgin Media has also entered the fibre market, aiming to provide FttP to about one million customers while most of the remainder will be serviced with DOCSIS3.1. The DSL network has been upgraded during the last few years with VDSL technologies, while the incumbent telco British Telecom is also introducing G.fast as part of its multi-technology mix to provide ultra-fast broadband services to some ten million premises by 2020. Vodafone is also partnering with CityFibre to deliver an extensive 1Gb/s service to about five million premises by 2025.

The broadband market in recent years has been characterised by falling consumer prices and by a gradual increase in average data speeds. Consumer traffic use has also continued to increase steadily, reaching 132GB per month by mid-2016.

For its part, the government has committed to invest over £1 billion in broadband infrastructure through new investment funds, including £400 million in rolling out FttP services.

This report profiles the overall UK broadband market, covering broadband technologies and including the latest statistics, an update on recent commercial initiatives, an assessment of Next Generation Access, and forecasts to 2022.

Key developments:

  • Government to invest £1 billion of fibre infrastructure and 5G technologies, launches £400 million investment aimed at connecting up to two million premises with a 1Gb/s FttP service by 2020;
  • Hyperoptic to deliver FttP to Brent borough;
  • USO to guarantee minimum 10Mb/s service by 2020;
  • Openreach to commercialise Dark Fibre Access product;
  • CityFibre partners with Vodafone to extend fibre;
  • BT developing G.fast technology;
  • Hyperoptic expands its FttP network;
  • O2 integrates Netflix with Movistar Plus platform;
  • BT launches Fibre-on-Demand product, trials 10Gb/s service using XGPON technology;
  • Report update includes the regulator’s market updates to December 2017, telcos’ financial and operating data to Q1 2018, recent market developments.
  • Companies mentioned in this report:

Virgin Media, BT, KCom, Orange, Carphone Warehouse, Sky, O2.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Introduction and statistical overview
    • 2.1 Market analysis
    • 2.2 Broadband statistics
    • 2.3 Forecasts – broadband subscribers – 2018; 2020; 2022
    • 2.4 Government support
      • 2.4.1 Digital Britain
      • 2.4.2 Rural broadband
  • 3. Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
  • 4. Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
    • 4.1 G-fast developments
  • 5. Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
    • 5.1 BT
    • 5.2 Virgin Media/Fujitsu
    • 5.3 Other developments
  • 6. Other fixed broadband services
    • 6.1 Broadband Powerline (BPL)
    • 6.2 Fixed wireless (Wi-Fi and WiMAX)
      • 6.2.1 Regulatory environment
      • 6.2.2 White space spectrum
      • 6.2.3 WLAN/Wi-Fi
      • 6.2.4 WiMAX
      • 6.2.5 Metropolitan WiMAX
  • 7. Digital Media
    • 7.1 Video-streaming
  • 8. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Fixed-line broadband retail revenue – 2001 - 2017
  • Table 2 – Fixed-line broadband connections by type – 2002 - 2016
  • Table 3 – Average headline broadband speed – 2006 - 2016
  • Table 4 – Proportion of residential broadband connections by speed – 2011 - 2016
  • Table 5 – Devices used for internet access, market share – 2013 - 2016
  • Table 6 – Market share of fixed-line broadband subscribers by provider – 2005 - 2016
  • Table 7 – Broadband penetration by technology – 2004 - 2017
  • Table 8 – Historic - Percentage internet access by dial-up and broadband – 2000 - 2013
  • Table 9 – Historic - Internet users and penetration – 2002 - 2009
  • Table 10 –Internet users and penetration – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 11 – Fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration – 2002 - 2018
  • Table 12 – Fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration – 2002 – 2018
  • Table 13 – Internet connectivity type, by household – 2003 - 2016
  • Table 14 – Average consumer fixed-line broadband traffic – 2011 - 2016
  • Table 15 – Forecast broadband subscribers – 2018; 2020; 2022
  • Table 16 – Superfast broadband subscribers and market share – 2010 - 2016
  • Table 17 – Virgin Media subscribers by sector – 2007 - 2018
  • Table 18 – Virgin Media ARPU – 2007 - 2018
  • Table 19 – Virgin Media revenue – 2007 - 2018
  • Table 20 – Cable broadband subscribers – 2011 - 2017
  • Table 21 – xDSL subscribers – 2000 - 2018
  • Table 22 – BT retail and wholesale broadband subscribers – 2004 - 2018
  • Table 23 – BT consumer and wholesale broadband revenue – 2015 - 2018
  • Table 24 – Fibre broadband subscribers – 2011 - 2017
  • Table 25 – BT fibre broadband subscribers – 2014 - 2018
  • Table 26 – Vodafone broadband subscribers – 2014 - 2018
  • Table 27 – Virgin Media bundled services subscribers as proportion to total – 2014 - 2018
  • Table 28 – Virgin Media bundled services subscribers as proportion to total – 2014 - 2018
  • Chart 1 – Fixed-line broadband connections by type – 2002 – 2016
  • Chart 2 – Broadband penetration by technology – 2004 – 2017
  • Chart 3 – Virgin Media subscribers by sector – 2007 - 2018
  • Chart 4 – BT retail and wholesale broadband subscribers – 2004 - 2018
  • Exhibit 1 – Wireless opportunities using technology and frequencies

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Last updated 5 Jul 2018
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Analyst: Henry Lancaster

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