United Kingdom - Telecoms Infrastructure, Operators, Regulations - Statistics and Analyses

Synopsis

The UK’s telecom market remains one of the largest in Europe, characterised by fierce competition which has resulted in reduced pricing for end-users. Following some market consolidation in the mobile segment there are four key players and a number of MVNOs. Mobile broadband in coming years will place some additional pressure on the fixed-line broadband subscriber base as customers are tempted to migrate to 5G-enabled services. The fixed-line broadband sector is characterised by the steady decline in DSL and the ongoing efforts among a good number of operators to expand the reach of fibre networks. This is being supported by government efforts to encourage the right economic environment facilitating the ambition to have a fully-fibred UK by 2033.

The fixed-line voice segment is being similarly repositioned, with PSTN services making way for IP-delivered content. BT’s independent wholesale unit Openreach plans to complete the switch to fibre by 2025.

This report analyses the key aspects of the UK’s telecom market, presenting statistics on the fixed network services sector and an overview of the key regulatory issues including the status of interconnection, local loop unbundling, and carrier preselection. The report reviews the major fixed network telcos and examines the status of fixed-line voice services following the deregulation of the retail call market sector.

Key developments:

  • BT transfers 31,000 employees to Openreach Ltd;
  • BT and Huawei trial 3Tb/s channel over existing fibre;
  • Arctic cables to connect UK to Japan;
  • Report update includes the regular’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, Cable & Wireless, COLT Telecom, Dixons Carphone Group, Sky, O2.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Key statistics
  • 3. Country overview
  • 4. Telecommunications market
    • 4.1 Market analysis
  • 5. Regulatory environment
    • 5.1 Historical overview
    • 5.2 Regulatory authority
      • 5.2.1 Office of Communications (Ofcom)
    • 5.3 Telecom sector liberalisation
    • 5.4 Interconnect
    • 5.5 Access
      • 5.5.1 Number Portability (NP)
    • 5.6 Carrier PreSelection (CPS)
    • 5.7 Wholesale Line Rental (WLR)
  • 6. Fixed network operators
    • 6.1 British Telecom
      • 6.1.1 Openreach
      • 6.1.2 Company restructure
    • 6.2 KCom
    • 6.3 Cable & Wireless Communications (C&WC)
    • 6.4 Virgin Media
    • 6.5 COLT Telecom
    • 6.6 Dixons Carphone Group (Carphone Warehouse)
    • 6.7 TalkTalk Group
    • 6.8 Sky
  • 7. Telecommunications infrastructure
    • 7.1 Overview of the national telecom network
    • 7.2 Next Generation Networks
    • 7.3 International infrastructure
      • 7.3.1 Submarine cable networks
      • 7.3.2 Satellite networks
  • 8. Cloud services
  • 9. Smart infrastructure
  • 10. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities – United Kingdom – 2018 (e)
  • Table 2 – Percentages of mobile and fixed phones in homes – 2000 - 2016
  • Table 3 – Consumer take-up of telecom services by type – 2006 - 2016
  • Table 4 – Fixed-line calls and access revenue by main operator– 2007 - 2018
  • Table 5 – Communications retail revenue by sector – 2003 - 2018
  • Table 6 – Telecoms revenue by service – 2008 - 2017
  • Table 7 – Average household spend on telecoms services – 2005 - 2017
  • Table 8 – Average household spend on fixed voice/data services – 2012 - 2017
  • Table 9 – Communications revenue by sector – 2003 - 2017
  • Table 10 – Communications wholesale and retail revenue – 2005 - 2017
  • Table 11 – Call volumes, fixed-line and mobile in minutes – 2003 - 2018
  • Table 12 – Proportion of calls made, fixed-line and mobile – 2006 - 2018
  • Table 13 – Telecom retail revenue by sector: fixed, mobile – 2007 - 2018
  • Table 14 – Telecom connections: fixed, mobile, broadband – 2002 - 2018
  • Table 15 – Household take-up of telecom services – 2003 - 2016
  • Table 16 – BT LLU, shared wholesale lines (old format) – 2004 - 2017
  • Table 17 – BT wholesale lines (new format) – 2016 - 2018
  • Table 18 – Lines with CPS – 2004 - 2018
  • Table 19 – WLR lines – 2004 - 2018
  • Table 20 – Fixed-voice traffic by type in minutes – 2002 - 2018
  • Table 21 – Fixed-voice traffic volume by call type – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 22 – Fixed-voice revenue by call type – 2011 - 2018
  • Table 23 – Average fixed-voice revenue per month by call type – 2011 - 2016
  • Table 24 – BT share of residential call types by traffic volumes – 2002 - 2018
  • Table 25 – BT Consumer lines and TV subscribers – 2011 - 2017
  • Table 26 – BT financial data – 2006 - 2018
  • Table 27 – BT retail revenue, Consumer, Business divisions – 2012 - 2018
  • Table 28 – BT revenue, Consumer divisions (new style) – 2017 - 2019
  • Table 29 – BT revenue by Global Services, Wholesale and Openreach divisions – 2007 - 2019
  • Table 30 – KCom revenue – 2000 - 2019
  • Table 31 – Virgin Media revenue – 2003 - 2018
  • Table 32 – Virgin Media revenue by sector – 2006 - 2018
  • Table 33 – Virgin Media subscribers by sector – 2007 - 2018
  • Table 34 – COLT financial data – 2006 - 2015
  • Table 35 – COLT financial data by business – 2013 - 2015
  • Table 36 – Carphone Warehouse Europe revenue, profit – 2008 - 2014
  • Table 37 – TalkTalk financial data – 2009 - 2019
  • Table 38 – TalkTalk subscribers – 2011 - 2015
  • Table 39 – Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 1999 - 2009
  • Table 40 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2010 - 2018
  • Chart 1 – Communications revenue by sector – 2003 - 2017
  • Chart 2 – Communications wholesale and retail revenue – 2005 - 2017
  • Chart 3 – Call volumes, fixed-line and mobile in minutes – 2003 - 2018
  • Chart 4 – Telecom connections: fixed, mobile, broadband – 2002 – 2018
  • Chart 5 – BT LLU, shared wholesale lines (old format) – 2008 – 2017
  • Chart 6 – Fixed-voice traffic volume by call type – 2010 – 2018
  • Chart 7 – Fixed-voice revenue by call type – 2011 – 2018
  • Chart 8 – BT share of residential call types by traffic volumes – 2002 – 2018
  • Chart 9 – BT financial data – 2006 - 2018
  • Chart 10 – BT revenue by operating division – 2012 - 2018
  • Chart 11 – Virgin Media revenue by sector – 2006 - 2018
  • Chart 12 – Virgin Media subscribers by sector – 2007 - 2018
  • Exhibit 1 – Principal submarine cables from the UK

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Last updated 5 Dec 2018
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Analyst: Henry Lancaster

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