United Kingdom - Fixed Broadband Market - Statistics and Analyses

Synopsis

Although the UK’s broadband market enjoys excellent cross-platform competition, the sector remains dominated by copper. DSL infrastructure is comprehensively available, while the main cable operator Virgin Media, owned by Liberty Global, covers about half of all premises in the country. The company aims to provide a gigabit service across most of its footprint, mainly via DOCSIS3.1.

The DSL network has been upgraded during the last few years with VDSL and G.fast technologies, the latter mainly deployed by British Telecom as part of its multi-technology mix. However, BT’s wholesale unit Openreach in mid-2019 began scaling back its G-fast plans, aiming instead to focus on fibre as its moves to provide ultra-fast broadband services to some 15 million premises by 2025. Vodafone is also partnering with CityFibre to deliver an extensive 1Gb/s service to about five million premises by 2025.

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. With super-fast broadband available to about 95% of premises by late 2018, the focus in coming years will be to develop the economic conditions to ensure that the target of a fully fibred UK by 2033 can be met.

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 subscriber forecasts.

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;
  • Vodafone extends gigabit fibre service to an additional 500,000 premises with Openreach deal;
  • Openreach reviews G.fast plans as it focusses on FttP;
  • Government publishes its Future Telecoms Infrastructure Review;
  • Hyperoptic to extend fibre broadband to two million people across 50 cities;
  • Report update includes the regulator's market updates to June 2019, telcos' financial and operating data to Q3 2019, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

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

Table of Contents

  • Introduction and statistical overview

    • Market analysis
    • Broadband statistics
    • Government support
      • Digital Britain
      • Rural broadband
  • Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks

  • Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks

    • G.fast
  • Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks

    • BT
    • Virgin Media/Fujitsu
    • Other developments
  • Other fixed broadband services

    • Broadband Powerline (BPL)
    • Fixed wireless (Wi-Fi and WiMAX)
      • Regulatory environment
      • White space spectrum
      • WLAN/Wi-Fi
      • Li-Fi
      • WiMAX
      • Metropolitan WiMAX
  • Appendix – Historic data

  • Related reports


List of Tables

  • Table 1 – Change in the number of fixed-line broadband connections by type – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 2 – Growth in the average headline broadband speed – 2006 – 2018
  • Table 3 – Change in the proportion of residential broadband connections by speed – 2013 – 2018
  • Table 4 – Change in market share of fixed-line broadband subscribers by provider – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 5 – Change in broadband penetration by technology – 2010 – 2018
  • Table 6 – Growth in the number of fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration – 2009 – 2024
  • Table 7 – Growth in the number of fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration – 2009 – 2024
  • Table 8 – Development of average broadband speed – 2014 – 2018
  • Table 9 – Growth in average consumer fixed-line broadband traffic – 2011 – 2018
  • Table 10 – Growth in average consumer fixed-line broadband traffic – 2011 – 2018
  • Table 11 – Change in superfast broadband subscribers and market share – 2010 – 2018
  • Table 12 – Change in superfast broadband subscribers and market share – 2010 – 2018
  • Table 13 – Growth in the number of Virgin Media’s cable broadband subscribers – 2007 – 2019
  • Table 14 – Development of Virgin Media’s cable ARPU – 2007 – 2018
  • Table 15 – Change in Virgin Media’s revenue – 2007 – 2019
  • Table 16 – Change in Virgin Media’s cable revenue – 2015 – 2019
  • Table 17 – Growth in the number of cable broadband subscribers – 2011 – 2019
  • Table 18 – Decline in the number of DSL subscribers – 2009 – 2019
  • Table 19 – BT consumer and wholesale broadband revenue – 2015 – 2020
  • Table 20 – Growth in the number of fibre broadband connections by type – 2013 - 2018
  • Table 21 – Development in the number of Openreach’s fibre broadband connections – 2017 - 2019
  • Table 22 – Growth in the number of Vodafone’s fixed broadband subscribers – 2014 - 2019
  • Table 23 – Historic - Percentage internet access by dial-up and broadband – 2000 – 2011
  • Table 24 – Historic - Internet users and penetration – 2002 – 2016
  • Table 25 – Historic - Fixed-line broadband retail revenue – 2001 - 2015
  • Table 26 – Fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration – 2002 – 2009
  • Table 27 – Historic - DSL subscribers – 2000 – 2009
  • Table 28 – Historic - Market share of fixed-line broadband subscribers by provider – 2005 - 2009
  • Table 29 – Historic - Broadband penetration by technology – 2004 – 2009
  • Table 30 – BT retail and wholesale broadband subscribers – 2004 - 2018
  • Table 31 – Historic - Fixed-line broadband connections by type – 2002 - 2010
  • Table 32 – Historic - Devices used for internet access, market share – 2013 – 2017
  • Table 33 – Historic - Internet connectivity type, by household – 2003 – 2016
  • Table 34 – Historic - BT fibre broadband subscribers – 2014 - 2018

List of Charts

  • Chart 1 – Growth in the average headline broadband speed – 2006 – 2018
  • Chart 2 – Change in the proportion of residential broadband connections by speed – 2013 – 2018
  • Chart 3 – Change in market share of fixed-line broadband subscribers by provider – 2010 - 2019
  • Chart 4 – Change in broadband penetration by technology – 2010 – 2018
  • Chart 5 – Growth in the number of Virgin Media’s cable broadband subscribers – 2007 – 2019
  • Chart 6 – Development of Virgin Media’s cable ARPU – 2007 – 2018
  • Chart 7 – Change in Virgin Media’s revenue – 2007 – 2019
  • Chart 8 – Change in Virgin Media’s cable revenue – 2015 – 2019
  • Chart 9 – Growth in the number of cable broadband subscribers – 2011 – 2019
  • Chart 10 – Decline in the number of DSL subscribers – 2009 – 2019
  • Chart 11 – Growth in the number of fibre broadband connections by type – 2013 - 2018
  • Chart 12 – Growth in the number of Vodafone’s fixed broadband subscribers – 2014 - 2019

List of Exhibits

  • Exhibit 1 – Wireless opportunities using technology and frequencies

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Last updated 16 Dec 2019
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Analyst: Henry Lancaster

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