This study defines the current market situation and likely future development of next-generation access services, with a focus on 3 different technologies: very-high-speed digital subscriber line (VDSL), DOCSIS 3.0, cable services and fiber to the premises (FttP). The scope of this study is limited to next-generation access as it is used to provide direct Internet access to end-user sites. As such, all data on connections and spending is limited to Internet access, and it excludes connections that are only used to access other services, such as VoIP or IP VPNs. It also excludes spending on services that may be provided bundled with Internet access, including VoIP and TV. This study presents the status and outlook of deployment across Western Europe and analyzes the factors that impact the development. Finally, the study provides five-year connection and spending forecasts by technology, end-user segment, and country.
"Operators will accelerate the deployment of next-generation access networks. This will be driven by competitive pressure, growing bandwidth requirements among end users, and a need to differentiate multiplay propositions," said Jan Hein Bakkers, research manager, IDC European Telecommunications and Networking.