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. The DSL network has been upgraded during the last few years with VDSL and Long Reach VDSL technologies, while British Telecom is also introducing G.fast as part of its multi-technology mix to provide ultra-fast broadband services to some 12 million premises by 2020. Virgin Media has also entered the fibre market, aiming to provide FttP to about one million customers while most of the remainder will eventually be serviced with the new DOCSIS3.1 standard. Openreach’s wholesale FttP service covered some 327,000 premises by the end of 2016 and is expected to reach over two million by the end of 2020.

The broadband market in recent years has been characterised by falling consumer prices and by a gradual increase in average data speeds, which by the end of 2016 approached 29Mb/s by early 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:

Six pilot areas announced for FttP trials; government launches £400 million investment aimed at connecting up to two million premises with a 1Gb/s FttP service by 2020; Openreach aiming to commercialise Dark Fibre Access product by October 2017; CityFibre expands 1Gb/s reach; BT developing G.fast technology to provide 1Gb/s services; Openreach increases wholesale FttP product to provide 1Gb/s; Ofcom imposes VULA wholesale pricing for BT; Virgin Media introduces a 330Mb/s broadband service; Hyperoptic expands its FttP network; government to invest £1 billion of fibre infrastructure and 5G technologies; BT launches Fibre-on-Demand product; average download speed approaches 29Mb/s; BT trials 10Gb/s service using XGPON technology; report update includes the regulator’s 2016 market updates, telcos’ financial and operating data to Q1 2017, 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
      • 2.3.1 Notes on scenario forecasts
    • 2.4 Government support
      • 2.4.1 Digital Britain
      • 2.4.2 Rural broadband
      • 2.4.3 Municipal investment
      • 2.4.4 Wholesale broadband
  • 3. Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
  • 4. Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
    • 4.1 Introduction
    • 4.2 DSL providers
    • 4.3 ADSL2+
    • 4.4 SDSL
    • 4.5 Very High Data Rate DSL (VDSL)
    • 4.6 G-fast developments
  • 5. Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
    • 5.1 BT
    • 5.2 Virgin Media/Fujitsu
    • 5.3 KCom
    • 5.4 Sky Broadband/TalkTalk
    • 5.5 Other developments
    • 5.6 FttC developments
    • 5.7 Costing fibre
  • 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
      • 6.2.6 Internet via satellite
  • 7. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Fixed-line broadband retail revenue – 2001 - 2017
  • Table 2 – Fixed-line broadband connections by type – 2002 - 2015
  • Table 3 – Average headline broadband speed – 2006 - 2015
  • Table 4 – Proportion of broadband connections by speed – 2010 - 2015
  • Table 5 – Average broadband speed by platform – 2010 - 2014
  • Table 6 – Devices used for internet access, market share – 2013 - 2016
  • Table 7 – Market share of fixed-line broadband subscribers by provider – 2005 - 2015
  • Table 8 – Broadband penetration by technology – 2004 - 2015
  • Table 9 – Percentage internet access by dial-up and broadband – 2000 - 2013
  • Table 10 – Fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration – 2002 - 2018
  • Table 11 – Fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration – 2002 – 2018
  • Table 12 – PC, broadband and internet household penetration – 2003 - 2014
  • Table 13 – Internet connectivity type, by household – 2003 - 2015
  • Table 14 – Forecast broadband subscribers – 2018; 2020; 2022
  • Table 15 – Superfast broadband subscribers and market share – 2010 - 2015
  • Table 16 – Virgin Media subscribers by sector – 2007 - 2017
  • Table 17 – Virgin Media ARPU – 2007 - 2017
  • Table 18 – Virgin Media revenue – 2007 - 2017
  • Table 19 – xDSL subscribers – 2000 - 2017
  • Table 20 – BT retail and wholesale broadband subscribers – 2004 - 2017
  • Table 21 – BT consumer and wholesale broadband revenue – 2015 - 2017
  • Table 22 – FttC availability and projected speeds by distance
  • Table 23 – BT fibre broadband subscribers – 2014 - 2017
  • Table 24 – Estimated cost of fibre by deployment technology
  • Chart 1 – Fixed-line broadband connections by type – 2002 – 2015
  • Chart 2 – Broadband penetration by technology – 2004 – 2015
  • Chart 3 – Virgin Media subscribers by sector – 2007 - 2017
  • Chart 4 – BT retail and wholesale broadband subscribers – 2004 - 2017
  • Exhibit 1 – Wireless opportunities using technology and frequencies
  • Exhibit 2 – WLAN operator business models

Related Reports

Focus Report Profile

Technologies

Broadband Fixed
Regulations & Government Policies

Number of pages 30

Status Current

Last updated 5 Sep 2017
Update History

Analyst: Henry Lancaster

Purchase this Report

US$390.00

Licence Information

Share this Report

Purchase with Confidence

Your site put it right saving me time and money. Thanks great service

Ronnie Barakat,

Special Offers

Yemen - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
US$375.00 until 29 Nov 2017
(normal price US$750.00)

Syria - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
US$375.00 until 29 Nov 2017
(normal price US$750.00)

Sample Reports

A selection of downloadable samples from our Annual Publications catalogue.


Download a Sample Report

More than 4,000 customers from 140 countries utilise BuddeComm Research

Are you interested in BuddeComm's Custom Research Service?

News & Views

Have the latest telecommunications industry news delivered to your inbox by subscribing to Paul's FREE weekly News & Views.