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.
Government commits an additional £190 million for fibre projects;; government launches £400 million investment aimed at connecting up to two million premises with a 1Gb/s FttP service by 2020; government claiming 95% of premises can receive superfast broadband; 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; government to invest £1 billion of fibre infrastructure and 5G technologies; BT launches Fibre-on-Demand product; BT trials 10Gb/s service using XGPON technology; report update includes the regulator’s market updates to June 2017, telcos’ financial and operating data to Q3 2017, recent market developments.
Virgin Media, BT, KCom, Orange, Carphone Warehouse, Sky, O2.
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Last updated 31 Jan 2018
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