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Global Fixed Broadband - Analyses, Statistics and Regional Overviews

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Global Fixed Broadband - Analyses, Statistics and Regional Overviews
Published: September 10, 2018 Content info: 110 Pages
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On a global level fixed broadband penetration varies greatly and there are some markets which have large subscriber bases (e.g. China) and there are other markets which have large mobile penetrations but very low fixed broadband (Kuwait). It is important to have both infrastructure types and in many ways it is actually more important to have high-speed fixed broadband infrastructure, based on fibre. In this report BuddeComm explores this topic and offers a comparison of various countries "telecoms maturity" based on having both high levels of mobile and fixed broadband penetration. It incorporates BuddeComm's Telecoms Maturity Index which measures and ranks the maturity of a country's telecoms industry on a scale of 1 to 100. The report also provides valuable information, analyses and statistics on the overall global fixed broadband industry.

Subjects include:

  • Global fixed broadband analyses;
  • Key global fixed broadband industry statistics (subscribers, speeds, technologies);
  • Analyses of fixed broadband in relation to cuber-security;
  • Case study on a global leader: South Korea;
  • Regional fixed broadband market overviews for Africa, Asia, Latin America (including Caribbean), the Middle East, North America and the Pacific region (Australia);
  • Comparison of the maturity of telecom markets around the world using BuddeComm's unique "Telecoms Maturity Index" (TMI) for Africa; Asia; Europe; Latin America and The Middle East.

Researchers:- Kylie Wansink, Henry Lancaster, Phil Harpur.

Executive Summary

Fixed broadband penetration varies vastly around the world

Many countries around the world have developed sophisticated mobile networks which are more than adequate for day-to-day communications and mobile broadband internet access. This is particularly evident in many of the emerging markets where mobile networks have thrived in contrast to the slow development of fixed broadband infrastructure. On the horizon is 5G, which is expected to significantly improve mobile services even further in terms of speed, capacity and latency.

With mobile networks becoming so sophisticated, it can be easy to wonder why it is still important to continue to invest in fixed broadband. It requires vision and the acknowledgement that there are important services emerging for society which depend on high quality broadband infrastructure. Examples include e-health, e-education, e-business, digital media, e-government, smart meters and smart city development. Fibre-based infrastructure which provides reliable high-speed broadband access is required to underpin the services which can help solve many of today's social, economic and sustainability problems.

Most homes in the developed markets have both mobile and fixed broadband subscriptions. When out of the home, consumers connect to the mobile broadband network using 3G and in many cases 4G LTE or free Wi-Fi. Most heavy broadband usage on smartphones and tablets takes place in homes, offices, airports, schools, universities, internet cafes, etc.

In many of these situations the Wi-Fi networks are used for this, not the mobile networks - and all of these Wi- Fi modems are linked to the fixed network. The increased use of broadband access from tablets and smartphones will increase demand for fixed broadband access, and so the enormous appetite for mobile broadband will only increase the need for FttP networks.

With this in mind, it is encouraging to see that many of the emerging markets which rely heavily on mobile infrastructure are now seriously investing in fixed broadband infrastructure and developing national broadband strategies. In addition, many emerging markets are supportive of government initiatives to develop international high-speed links and are welcoming the opportunity to connect with large submarine and terrestrial cable systems.

BuddeComm has always maintained that mobile infrastructure and fibre infrastructure are both essential to our societies. This report provides analyses on this topic, combined with global industry statistics related to fixed broadband. The report also provides valuable insights into how fixed broadband is developing around the world, supported by regional overviews. It incorporates BuddeComm's Telecoms Maturity Index for some regions and this measures and ranks the maturity of a country's telecoms industry on a scale of 1 to 100, taking fixed broadband penetration into account. All countries are placed into one of three categories: Market Leaders, Market Challengers and Market Laggards, according to their Market Index score. Comparisons are also made between the mobile broadband and fixed broadband penetration of the various countries which comprise the regions of Africa; Asia; Europe; Latin America and The Middle East.

Key developments:

  • Fibre-based broadband infrastructure doesn't have the capacity limitations that the mobile sector is struggling to manage.
  • 5G will also require access to a fibre optic backbone in order to provide the affordable high-speed services which will emerge.
  • Use of international bandwidth has tripled since 2014 with content providers being one of the largest consumers.
  • In 2018 the majority of countries around the world now have a National Broadband plan or policy in place.
  • Asia continues to represent a massive presence in the global broadband market in terms of fixed (and mobile broadband) services.
  • China, South Korea and the USA offer some of the largest subscribers bases and/or fast average fixed broadband speeds.
  • Deployments based on Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) will continue to gain momentum as many countries continue to develop their National Broadband Networks (NBNs).
  • We are getting close to having 1 billion fixed broadband subscriptions globally.
Table of Contents

Table of Contents

1. Global fixed broadband market overview

  • 1.1 Introduction
  • 1.2 National Broadband Networks (NBN) are important
    • 1.2.1 Broadband equals healthcare infrastructure
    • 1.2.2 Broadband equals utility infrastructure
    • 1.2.3 Broadband equals education infrastructure
    • 1.2.4 Broadband equals media and e-business infrastructure
    • 1.2.5 Broadband equals smart cities
    • 1.2.6 IoT and M2M require broadband
  • 1.3 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)
  • 1.4 Demand for FttP is growing
  • 1.5 Fixed and mobile broadband are both required
  • 1.6 FttH plays a role in 5G
  • 1.7 A positive outlook for backbone infrastructure

2. International bandwidth usage

  • 2.1 International IP wholesale market

3. Global submarine cable overview

  • 3.1 Dark fibre - in a growth phase again

4. Global fixed broadband statistics

  • 4.1 Broadband subscribers and penetration
  • 4.2 Broadband access technologies
  • 4.3 Broadband speeds

5. Case study - South Korea is a global broadband leader

6. Robust infrastructure will help with cyber-security

  • 6.1 Cyber-security issues
  • 6.2 Infrastructure issues
    • 6.2.1 How safe is FttH?
  • 6.3 E-security/cyber-security spending

7. Regional market overviews

  • 7.1 Africa
    • 7.1.1 Market overview and analysis
    • 7.1.2 Africa Telecoms Maturity Index
  • 7.2 Asia
    • 7.2.1 Market overview and analysis
    • 7.2.2 Asian Telecoms Maturity Index
  • 7.3 Europe
    • 7.3.1 Market overview and analysis
    • 7.3.2 Europe Telecom Maturity Index by tier
  • 7.4 Latin America
    • 7.4.1 Market overview and analysis
    • 7.4.2 Latin America Telecom Maturity Index by tier
    • 7.4.3 TMI versus GDP
    • 7.4.4 Fixed and mobile broadband penetration
  • 7.5 Middle East
    • 7.5.1 Market overview and analysis
    • 7.5.2 TMI versus GDP
    • 7.5.3 Middle East mobile and mobile broadband penetration
    • 7.5.4 Middle East fixed and mobile broadband penetration
    • 7.5.5 GCC countries fixed and mobile broadband penetration
  • 7.6 North America
    • 7.6.1 USA
    • 7.6.2 Canada
  • 7.7 Pacific
    • 7.7.1 Australia
  • Table 1 - Global Internet Bandwidth Growth by Tb/s - 2010 - 2017
  • Table 2 - Global - Internet users and annual change - 2010 - 2018
  • Table 3 - Global - fixed broadband subscribers - 2005 - 2018
  • Table 4 - Regional - fixed broadband subscriptions - 2017
  • Table 5 - Global - broadband market share by access technology - 2013; 2016
  • Table 6 - Top 10 countries by average broadband connection speeds - Q1 2017
  • Table 7 - Global - average broadband speed by mb/s - 2012 - 2018
  • Table 8 - Top 10 countries by high broadband connectivity of above 10Mb/s - 2015; 2016
  • Table 9 - Top 10 countries by high broadband connectivity of above 15Mb/s - 2016
  • Table 10 - South Korea - fixed broadband subscribers and penetration (with Forecast) - 2007 - 2022
  • Table 11 - Global IT security spending - 2011 - 2018
  • Table 12 - Global IT security spending by segment - 2018
  • Table 13 - Africa - Internet users - 2013 - 2017
  • Table 14 - Africa - Fixed broadband subscribers - 2013 - 2017
  • Table 15 - Africa - Fixed broadband penetration (%) - 2013 - 2017
  • Table 16 - Asia - fixed broadband subscribers and penetration - 2011 - 2018
  • Table 17 - Asian countries - Internet users - 2011 - 2017
  • Table 18 - Asian countries - Internet user penetration - 2011 - 2017
  • Table 19 - Asian countries - fixed broadband subscribers - 2011 - 2017
  • Table 20 - Asian countries - fixed broadband penetration - 2011 - 2017
  • Table 21 - Top fifteen countries in Asia by fixed broadband subscribers - 2011 - 2017
  • Table 22 - Top fifteen countries in Asia by fixed broadband penetration - 2011 - 2017
  • Table 23 - USA - Historic - Internet users and penetration - 2000 - 2009
  • Table 24 - USA - Internet users and penetration - 2010 - 2016
  • Table 25 - USA - Historic - Broadband subscribers and penetration - 2000 - 2009
  • Table 26 - USA - Broadband subscribers and penetration - 2010 - 2017
  • Table 27 - Canada - Retail broadband market revenue - 2001 - 2016
  • Table 28 - Canada - Broadband availability through Economic Action Plan - 2010 - 2012
  • Table 29 - Canada - DSL and cable broadband subscribers - 2001 - 2018
  • Table 30 - Canada - Fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration - 2004 - 2018
  • Table 31 - Canada - Proportion of broadband subscribers by data rate - 2011 - 2016
  • Table 32 - Canada - Broadband availability by platform - 2011 - 2016
  • Table 33 - Canada - Broadband availability by data rate - 2011 - 2016
  • Table 34 - Canada - Market share of internet subscribers by platform - 2010 - 2015
  • Table 35 - Canada - Fixed broadband traffic by subscriber - 2011 - 2016
  • Table 36 - Canada - Broadband ARPU - 2012 - 2016
  • Table 37 - Australia - Number of ISPs by size in the Australian market - 2008 - 2017
  • Table 38 - Australia - Total Broadband Subscribers - Fixed vs Wireless - 2011 - 2017
  • Table 39 - Australia - Total Broadband Subscribers - Fixed vs Wireless, annual growth - 2012 - 2017
  • Table 40 - Australia - Total Broadband Subscribers - Fixed vs Wireless, market share - 2011 - 2017
  • Table 41 - Australia - Historic - Total broadband subscribers and annual change - 2000 - 2011
  • Table 42 - Australia - Total Broadband Subscribers by Access Type - 2011 - 2017
  • Table 43 - Australia - Total Broadband Subscribers by Access Type, annual growth - 2012 - 2017
  • Table 44 - Australia - Total Broadband Subscribers by Access Type, market share - 2011 - 2017
  • Table 45 - Australia - Fixed Broadband Subscribers - DSL, Cable, Fibre - 2011 - 2017
  • Table 46 - Australia - Historic - Broadband market share by technology - 2008 - 2015
  • Chart 1 - South Korea - fixed broadband subscribers and penetration (with Forecast) - 2007 - 2022
  • Chart 2 - Africa Telecoms Maturity Index - Market Leaders (top tier)
  • Chart 3 - Africa Telecoms Maturity Index - Market Challengers (middle tier)
  • Chart 4 - Africa Telecoms Maturity Index - Market Laggards (bottom tier)
  • Chart 5 - Asian Telecoms Maturity Index by Market Category
  • Chart 6 - Asian Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per Capita
  • Chart 7 - Asian Telecoms Maturity Index - Market Leaders Category
  • Chart 8 - Asian Telecoms Maturity Index - Market Challengers Category
  • Chart 9 - Asian Telecoms Maturity Index - Market Laggards Category
  • Chart 10 - Europe Telecoms Maturity Index - Market Leaders (top tier)
  • Chart 11 - Europe Telecoms Maturity Index - Market Challengers (middle tier)
  • Chart 12 - Europe Telecoms Maturity Index - Market Laggards (bottom tier)
  • Chart 13 - Latin America -Overall Telecoms Maturity Index
  • Chart 14 - Latin America Telecoms Maturity Index - Market Leaders Category
  • Chart 15 - Latin America Telecoms Maturity Index - Market Challengers Category
  • Chart 16 - Latin America Telecoms Maturity Index - Market Laggards Category
  • Chart 17 - South America -Telecoms Maturity Index by country
  • Chart 18 - Central America -Telecoms Maturity Index by country
  • Chart 19 - Caribbean Telecoms Maturity Index by country
  • Chart 20 - Latin America Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per Capita
  • Chart 21 - Caribbean Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per Capita
  • Chart 22 - Latin America fixed broadband penetration versus mobile broadband penetration
  • Chart 23 - Caribbean fixed broadband penetration versus mobile broadband penetration
  • Chart 24 - Middle East - Telecoms Maturity Index - 2017
  • Chart 25 - Middle East - Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per Capita - 2017
  • Chart 26 - GCC members - fixed broadband penetration versus mobile broadband penetration - 2017
  • Chart 27 - GCC members - fixed broadband penetration versus mobile broadband penetration - 2017
  • Chart 28 - USA - broadband subscribers and penetration - 2010 - 2017
  • Chart 29 - Canada - Residential DSL and cable broadband subscribers - 2001 - 2018
  • Chart 30 - Canada - Fixed broadband traffic by subscriber - 2011 - 2016
  • Chart 31 - Australia - Total Broadband Subscribers - Fixed vs Wireless - 2011 - 2017
  • Chart 32 - Australia - Fixed Broadband Subscribers -DSL, Cable, Fibre - 2011 - 2017
  • Exhibit 1 - Africa - Generalised Market Characteristics by Market Segment
  • Exhibit 2 - Asia - Key Market Characteristics by Market Segment
  • Exhibit 3 - Europe - Generalised Market Characteristics by Market Segment
  • Exhibit 4 - Latin America - Generalised Market Characteristics by Market Segment
  • Exhibit 5 - South America - Key Characteristics of Telecoms Markets by Country
  • Exhibit 6 - Central America - Key Characteristics of Telecoms Markets by Country
  • Exhibit 7 - Caribbean - Key Characteristics of Telecoms Markets by Select Country
  • Exhibit 8 - Middle East - Key characteristics of telecoms markets by country
  • Exhibit 9 - Middle East - Generalised Market Characteristics by Market Segment
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