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 the end of 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 and G.fast technologies, the latter mainly deployed by British Telecom 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.

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;
  • Hyperoptic to deliver FttP to Brent borough;
  • Government publishes its Future Telecoms Infrastructure Review;
  • USO to guarantee minimum 10Mb/s service by 2020;
  • O2 trials Li-Fi technology;
  • Openreach to commercialise Dark Fibre Access product;
  • CityFibre partners with Vodafone to extend fibre;
  • BT developing G.fast technology;
  • Hyperoptic to extend fibre broadband to two million people across 50 cities;
  • BT launches Fibre-on-Demand product, trials 10Gb/s service using XGPON technology;
  • Report update includes the regulator’s market updates to June 2018, telcos’ financial and operating data to Q3 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 – 2019; 2021; 2023
    • 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
  • 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 Li-Fi
      • 6.2.5 WiMAX
      • 6.2.6 Metropolitan WiMAX
  • 7. Digital Media
    • 7.1 Video-streaming
  • 8. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Fixed-line broadband retail revenue – 2001 - 2018
  • Table 2 – Fixed-line broadband connections by type – 2002 - 2018
  • Table 3 – Average headline broadband speed – 2006 - 2017
  • Table 4 – Proportion of residential broadband connections by speed – 2011 - 2016
  • Table 5 – Devices used for internet access, market share – 2013 - 2017
  • 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 - 2017
  • Table 15 – Forecast broadband subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023
  • Table 16 – Superfast broadband subscribers and market share – 2010 - 2017
  • 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 – Virgin Media cable revenue – 2015 - 2018
  • Table 21 – Cable broadband subscribers – 2011 - 2017
  • Table 22 – DSL subscribers – 2000 - 2018
  • Table 23 – BT retail and wholesale broadband subscribers – 2004 - 2018
  • Table 24 – BT consumer and wholesale broadband revenue – 2015 - 2018
  • Table 25 – Fibre broadband subscribers – 2011 - 2017
  • Table 26 – BT fibre broadband subscribers – 2014 - 2018
  • Table 27 – Vodafone broadband subscribers – 2014 - 2018
  • Table 28 – Virgin Media bundled services subscribers as proportion to total – 2014 - 2018
  • Table 29 – Virgin Media bundled services subscribers as proportion to total – 2008 - 2018
  • Chart 1 – Fixed-line broadband connections by type – 2002 – 2018
  • 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 Dec 2018
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Analyst: Henry Lancaster

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