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.
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.
1. Global fixed broadband market overview
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
7.1.1 Market overview and analysis
7.1.2 Africa Telecoms Maturity Index
7.2.1 Market overview and analysis
7.2.2 Asian Telecoms Maturity Index
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
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
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
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
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