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 has seen 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:

  • Arctic cables to connect UK to Japan;
  • Report update includes the regular's market updates to June 2019, telcos' financial and operating data to Q3 2019, Telecom Maturity Index charts and analyses; 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

  • Key statistics

  • Regional European Market Comparison

    • Europe Telecom Maturity Index by tier
      • Market Leaders
      • Market Challengers
      • Market Emergents
    • TMI versus GDP
    • Mobile and mobile broadband penetration
    • Fixed versus mobile broadband penetration
  • Country overview

  • Telecommunications market

    • Market analysis
  • Regulatory environment

    • Historical overview
    • Regulatory authority
      • Office of Communications (Ofcom)
    • Telecom sector liberalisation
    • Interconnect
    • Access
      • Number Portability (NP)
    • Carrier PreSelection (CPS)
    • Wholesale Line Rental (WLR)
  • Fixed network operators

    • British Telecom
      • Openreach
      • Company restructure
    • KCom
    • Cable & Wireless Communications (C&WC)
    • Virgin Media
    • COLT Telecom
    • Dixons Carphone Group (Carphone Warehouse)
    • TalkTalk Group
    • Sky
  • Telecommunications infrastructure

    • Overview of the national telecom network
    • Next Generation Networks
    • International infrastructure
      • Submarine cable networks
      • Satellite networks
    • Cloud services
    • Smart infrastructure
  • Related reports


List of Tables

  • Table 1 – Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities – United Kingdom – 2019 (e)
  • Table 2 – Change in consumer take-up of telecom services by type – 2006 – 2018
  • Table 3 – Fixed-line calls and access revenue by main operator– 2007 – 2018
  • Table 4 – Communications retail revenue by sector – 2003 – 2018
  • Table 5 – Change in telecoms revenue by service – 2010 – 2018
  • Table 6 – Change in the average retail household spend on telecoms services – 2013 – 2018
  • Table 7 – Change in call volumes, fixed-line and mobile in minutes – 2010 – 2018
  • Table 8 – Change in average fixed and mobile call minutes per line – 2013 – 2018
  • Table 9 – Change in the proportion of calls made, fixed-line and mobile – 2006 – 2018
  • Table 10 – Change in telecom retail revenue by sector: fixed, mobile – 2007 – 2018
  • Table 11 – Development of telecom connections: fixed, mobile, broadband – 2010 – 2018
  • Table 12 – BT wholesale lines (new format) – 2016 – 2019
  • Table 13 – Fixed-voice traffic volume by call type – 2010 – 2018
  • Table 14 – Fixed-voice revenue by call type – 2011 – 2018
  • Table 15 – Change in BT’s share of residential call types by traffic volumes – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 16 – BT financial data – 2006 – 2020
  • Table 17 – BT retail fixed revenue, Consumer, Business divisions – 2012 – 2018
  • Table 18 – BT revenue, Consumer division (new style) – 2017 – 2020
  • Table 19 – BT revenue by Global Services, Wholesale and Openreach divisions – 2007 – 2020
  • Table 20 – Development of KCom’s revenue – 2010 – 2019
  • Table 21 – Development of Virgin Media’s revenue – 2010 - 2019
  • Table 22 – Virgin Media revenue by sector – 2006 – 2019
  • Table 23 – Change in Virgin Media’s subscribers by sector – 2007 – 2019
  • Table 24 – Development of TalkTalk Group’s financial data – 2009 – 2020
  • Table 25 – Change in the number of fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2010 – 2024
  • Table 26 – Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 1999 – 2009
  • Table 27 – Percentages of mobile and fixed phones in homes – 2000 – 2016
  • Table 28 – Historic - Call volumes, fixed-line and mobile in minutes – 2003 – 2010
  • Table 29 – KCom revenue – 2000 – 2010
  • Table 30 – Historic - Telecoms revenue by service – 2008 – 2009
  • Table 31 – Historic - Average household spend on telecoms services – 2005 – 2017
  • Table 32 – Historic - Fixed-voice traffic by type in minutes – 2002 – 2017
  • Table 33 – Historic - Virgin Media revenue – 2003 - 2010
  • Table 34 – Historic - Carphone Warehouse Europe revenue, profit – 2008 - 2014
  • Table 35 – Historic - TalkTalk subscribers – 2011 - 2015
  • Table 36 – Historic - Communications revenue by sector – 2003 – 2017
  • Table 37 – Historic - Household take-up of telecom services – 2003 – 2016
  • Table 38 – Historic - Communications wholesale and retail revenue – 2005 – 2017
  • Table 39 – Historic - Telecom connections: fixed, mobile, broadband – 2002 – 2009
  • Table 40 – Historic – BT’s LLU, shared wholesale lines (old format) – 2004 – 2017
  • Table 41 – Historic - Lines with CPS – 2004 – 2018
  • Table 42 – Historic - WLR lines – 2004 – 2018
  • Table 43 – Historic - Average fixed-voice revenue per month by call type – 2011 – 2016
  • Table 44 – Historic - BT share of residential call types by traffic volumes – 2002 - 2009
  • Table 45 – Historic - BT Consumer lines and TV subscribers – 2011 – 2017
  • Table 46 – Historic - COLT financial data – 2006 – 2015
  • Table 47 – Historic - COLT financial data by business – 2013 – 2015

List of Charts

  • Chart 1 – Europe Telecoms Maturity Index – Market Leaders (top tier)
  • Chart 2 – Europe Telecoms Maturity Index – Market Challengers (middle tier)
  • Chart 3 – Europe Telecoms Maturity Index – Market Emergents (bottom tier)
  • Chart 4 – Overall view - Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per Capita
  • Chart 5 – Europe - mobile subscriber penetration vs mobile broadband penetration
  • Chart 6 – Scandinavia and Baltics: mobile subscriber penetration vs mobile broadband penetration
  • Chart 7 – Northern Europe –mobile subscriber penetration vs mobile broadband penetration
  • Chart 8 – Southern Europe mobile subscriber penetration vs mobile broadband penetration
  • Chart 9 – Eastern Europe mobile subscriber penetration vs mobile broadband penetration
  • Chart 10 – Scandinavia and Baltics fixed and mobile broadband penetration
  • Chart 11 – Northern Europe fixed and mobile broadband penetration
  • Chart 12 – Southern Europe fixed and mobile broadband penetration
  • Chart 13 – Eastern Europe fixed and mobile broadband penetration
  • Chart 14 – Change in consumer take-up of telecom services by type – 20010 – 2018
  • Chart 15 – Fixed-line calls and access revenue by main operator– 2007 – 2018
  • Chart 16 – Change in telecoms revenue by service – 2010 – 2018
  • Chart 17 – Change in the average retail household spend on telecoms services – 2013 – 2018
  • Chart 18 – Change in call volumes, fixed-line and mobile in minutes – 2010 – 2018
  • Chart 19 – Change in average fixed and mobile call minutes per line – 2013 – 2018
  • Chart 20 – Change in the proportion of calls made, fixed-line and mobile – 2006 – 2018
  • Chart 21 – Change in telecom retail revenue by sector: fixed, mobile – 2007 – 2018
  • Chart 22 – Development of telecom connections: fixed, mobile, broadband – 2010 – 2018
  • Chart 23 – Fixed-voice traffic volume by call type – 2010 – 2018
  • Chart 24 – Fixed-voice revenue by call type – 2011 – 2018
  • Chart 25 – BT share of residential call types by traffic volumes – 2010 – 2018
  • Chart 26 – BT financial data – 2006 - 2020
  • Chart 27 – BT revenue by operating division – 2017 - 2020
  • Chart 28 – BT revenue, Consumer division (new style) – 2017 – 2020
  • Chart 29 – BT revenue by Global Services, Wholesale and Openreach divisions – 2007 – 2020
  • Chart 30 – Development of KCom’s revenue – 2010 – 2019
  • Chart 31 – Development of Virgin Media’s revenue – 2010 - 2019
  • Chart 32 – Virgin Media revenue by sector – 2006 – 2019
  • Chart 33 – Virgin Media subscribers by sector – 2007 - 2019
  • Chart 34 – Development of TalkTalk Group’s financial data – 2009 – 2020
  • Chart 35 – Change in the number of fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2009 – 2024

List of Exhibits

  • Exhibit 1 – Generalised Market Characteristics by Market Segment
  • Exhibit 2 – Principal submarine cables from the UK

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Number of pages 114

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Last updated 16 Dec 2019
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Analyst: Henry Lancaster

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