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Global Broadband - The Fibre Future Looks Bright

Published By :

BuddeComm

Published Date : Jun 2012

Category :

Broadband

No. of Pages : 146 Pages


BuddeComm’s annual publication Global Broadband – The Fibre Future Looks Bright, gives the latest insights into the global developments surrounding fixed broadband. The report includes broad statistical information and insights into broadband development around the world.

It explores the growing importance of fast broadband for social and economic reasons and focuses on the importance of a trans-sector approach. In addition it provides unique insights into national broadband networks based on observing the developments occurring in the leading markets around the world.

Regional overviews and statistics for North America, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Latin America and Asia Pacific, are also provided, written by BuddeComm’s Senior Analysts.

There are many excellent government broadband initiatives and innovative commercial projects taking place and today the policies of over 40 countries include acknowledgement of the national importance of broadband for their social and economic development.

With this understanding having been established, it becomes easier to develop the right policies for the development of broadband infrastructure as well as for other social and economic policies. Until now there has been no coordination between sector-based policies and regulation. Some countries do not allow their electricity companies and telecommunication companies to share infrastructure; in most countries e-health is not covered by health insurance schemes; and some of the education-based systems date back to the Middle Ages and need a total rethink and overhaul.

All of this requires a whole-of-government approach and it would be beneficial if governments were to show leadership.

At the same time the technology is advancing relentlessly, and the democratisation processes that these changes are going to bring with them are enormous. People will become much more directly and personally involved in these developments. They will no longer be passive bystanders, waiting to be told what they can do, or what products and services they can use, by vested interests operating according to decades-old structures designed to further their own political or commercial position.

People will demand better customer experiences because they know that these are achievable, and they will choose to deal with organisations that offer more assertive, interactive and personal services.

The future looks very bright. Access to broadband will empower people to look for better jobs, to achieve better business results, and to seek better healthcare and education – all the critical elements needed to build an improved more transparent, equitable, prosperous and caring global society.

The Asia-Pacific region is leading the charge towards faster broadband and has the highest fibre broadband penetration in the world, followed by North America. Asia-Pacific represents the majority of worldwide fibre broadband subscribers and is led by the key markets of China, Japan and South Korea. The European broadband market has also seen a considerable evolution during the past two years or so, epitomised by the migration to higher-data services and from copper-based networks to fibre.

It has become well accepted that broadband offers enormous social benefits and in some cases is becoming a human right.

Market Highlights

  • With more and more video applications being used in ever increasing broader markets; there is a widespread interest in upgrading to higher-speed services;
  • It is important that an NBN infrastructure company is seen as a regulated basic national infrastructure provider and not as a telecommunications company;
  • It is also important to note that applications will come and go, and they will continually improve, but the NBN infrastructure at its most fundamental level should be sustainable, lasting near-forever, and incurring only routine, periodic improvements along the way.
  • An NBN should be based on an open network approach and this makes it possible to offer the basic infrastructure on a utility basis to content and service providers, and this paves the way for the development of the digital economy.
  • In 2012 there are around 2.3 billion households with Internet access and around 35% of these will have access to fixed broadband.
  • Broadband availability and speed are strong drivers in an economy.
  • In both Canada and the US, broadband has become one of the fastest growing sectors of the telecoms market.
  • Most governments in Europe have used public funds to upgrade broadband infrastructure.
  • Fibre bandwidth in Africa increased 100-fold in three years, with further investments of US$20 billion required.
  • Large scale fibre rollouts, particularly in the Gulf region, are being matched with increased international bandwidth.
  • More and more countries in Latin America are adopting national broadband plans
  • Australia is a unique example of where the government’s vision for the National Broadband Network (NBN) has received widespread support.
Table of Contents

1. Global Broadband - A Bright Future Based on Necessity
1.1 Global Broadband - Important for Social and Economic Development
1.1.1 Introduction: broadband doesn’t just equal high-speed Internet
1.1.2 The many aspects of broadband infrastructure
1.1.3 Trans-sectoral thinking required for governments
1.1.4 Barriers to NBN and broadband adoption
1.1.5 Conclusion
1.2 The Broadband Commission for Development
1.2.1 Introduction
1.2.2 The connected society
1.2.3 A cost-effective platform for progress
1.2.4 Trans-sector approach begins to take hold
1.2.5 The Concept
1.2.6 Developments in 2012
1.2.7 The UN Broadband Commission and RIO+20
1.2.8 Developments in 2011
1.2.9 The final reports

2. Broadband Infrastructure and the GFC
2.1 ICT and Broadband - Important for Global Recovery
2.1.1 Introduction
2.1.2 Market summary
2.1.3 Investing in the Communications Revolution
2.1.4 Co-development of fibre and the digital economy
2.1.5 Infrastructure essential for the digital economy

3. National Broadband Networks (NBN)
3.1 Introduction to National Broadband Networks
3.1.1 National Broadband Network Company
3.1.2 Open network = innovation and affordability
3.1.3 Technology critical consideration
3.1.4 Wireless broadband
3.1.5 Other quick-win areas
3.1.6 Trans-sector government
3.1.7 Using electricity infrastructure to roll out broadband

4. The Importance of a Tran-Sector Approach
4.1 Trans-sector Policy Development
4.1.1 Introduction
4.1.2 Economic and social multiplier effects
4.1.3 Why did we get it so wrong in the first place?
4.1.4 Smart policies will assist in budget-cutting
4.1.5 Differences between fast broadband approaches
4.1.6 Trans-sector requires intelligent approach towards measurement
4.1.7 Massive increase in efficiency, productivity and customer satisfaction
4.1.8 Privacy is paramount
4.1.9 Conclusion: a market of nine billion people

5. Open Networks: A Key Element for Transformation
5.1 Introduction to Open Networks
5.1.1 Economic stimulus packages and open networks
5.1.2 Open Access Principles
5.1.3 Open Access around the world
5.1.4 Backgrounder: Unbundling of the local loop
5.1.5 Rethink of Universal Service Obligations/Funds
5.1.6 Conclusion: open networks engine for innovation and growth

6. Global Broadband Statistics and Trends
6.1 Global Broadband Market Overview
6.1.1 The need for high-speed networks
6.1.2 FttH emerges as a serious broadband platform
6.1.3 Global fixed broadband market summary
6.1.4 Leading markets
6.1.5 Market insights
6.1.6 Trans-sector approach to broadband infrastructure
6.1.7 Mobile broadband: killer app for FttH

7. Regional Overviews
7.1 North America
7.1.1 Market overview
7.1.2 Broadband infrastructure and the GFC
7.2 Latin America
7.2.1 Introduction
7.2.2 Case studies
7.2.3 Argentina
7.2.4 Brazil
7.2.5 Colombia
7.3 Europe
7.3.1 NGN in Europe
7.3.2 Stimulus package intervention
7.3.3 NGNs
7.4 Africa
7.4.1 Overview
7.5 Middle East
7.5.1 Introduction
7.5.2 International fibre access
7.5.3 Bahrain
7.5.4 Oman
7.5.5 Qatar
7.5.6 Saudi Arabia
7.5.7 UAE
7.6 Asia
7.6.1 Overview
7.6.2 Taiwan
7.6.3 Japan
7.6.4 South Korea
7.6.5 Singapore
7.7 Pacific Region
7.7.1 Australia
7.7.2 New Zealand

8. Glossary of Abbreviations

List of Table


Table 1 – Worldwide telecom statistics at a glance – 2012
Table 2 – Worldwide fixed broadband subscribers and annual change – 2005 - 2012
Table 3 – How investing in broadband can boost economies
Table 4 – Worldwide Internet users – 2000 - 2012
Table 5 – Worldwide fixed broadband subscribers and annual change – 2005 - 2012
Table 6 – Regional - Share of broadband subscribers – Q1 2011
Table 7 – Worldwide - Top 10 countries by fixed broadband subscribers – 2008 - 2010
Table 8 – OECD - Top 10 countries by fixed broadband subscribers – June 2010
Table 9 – Broadband access among Internet households – selected countries – 2004 - 2010
Table 10 – Worldwide DSL subscribers – 2000 - 2012
Table 11 – Worldwide - broadband market share by access technology – 2009 - 2011
Table 12 – OECD - Broadband market share by access technology – 2008; Mid 2010; Mid 2011
Table 13 – Worldwide – Number of FTTx subscribers – comparison of analysts’ estimates
Table 14 – USA; Europe; Asia-Pacific – number of FTTx subscribers – 2007 – mid 2011
Table 15 – Worldwide – Examples of top markets with FTTx penetration > 1% – 2007; 2009; 2011
Table 16 – OECD – Top 5 countries with most expensive broadband price per Mb/s – September 2010 - March 2012
Table 17 – OECD – Top 5 countries with cheapest broadband price per Mb/s – March 2012
Table 18 – Worldwide - Average entry level monthly broadband price by technology – Mid 2008 - 2010
Table 19 – Average broadband connection speed by top 10 countries – Q1 2011; Q4 2011
Table 20 – Worldwide - Average overall fixed broadband and upload speeds – 2008 - 2011
Table 21 –Worldwide – Total broadband services revenue –2008; 2010; 2012; 2014; 2016
Table 22 – Historical - Leading countries market share of fixed broadband services revenue – 2009
Table 23 – Major 11 broadband carriers by subscribers – 2010; 2011
Table 24 – Countries with existing national policies to adopt broadband – 2012
Table 25 – Broadband lines, penetration and new lines per day – 2003 - 2011
Table 26 – Broadband availability through Economic Action Plan – 2010 - 2012
Table 27 – Latin America - fixed broadband subscribers and penetration – 2001 - 2012
Table 28 – Fixed broadband market share by technology – 2001 - 2012
Table 29 – Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration rates – 2001 - 2012
Table 30 – Fixed broadband market share by technology – 2003 - 2012
Table 31 – Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration – 2001 - 2012
Table 32 – Broadband market share by technology – 2002 - 2012
Table 33 – Broadband subscribers and penetration rates – 2002 - 2012
Table 34 – Broadband technologies in Colombia – market share – 2003 - 2012
Table 35 – Taiwan - Broadband subscribers and households – December 2011
Table 36 – Taiwan - Broadband subscribers and annual change by access – December 2011
Table 37 – Japan - Broadband subscribers and households – September 2011
Table 38 – Japan - Broadband subscribers and market share by access type – September 2011
Table 39 – UBcN implementation goals in households/subscribers – 2009 - 2013
Table 40 – South Korea - Broadband subscribers and households – November 2011
Table 41 – South Korea - Broadband market share by operator – November 2011
Table 42 – Singapore broadband subscribers – 1999 - 2012
Table 43 – Singapore - Overview of broadband/household subscribers – 2011
Table 44 – Singapore broadband subscribers by sector – 2011
Table 45 – Singapore broadband market share – by access type – 2011
Table 46 –.co.nz versus total domain name registrations in New Zealand – 2006 - 2012
Table 47 – Broadband subscribers by technology in New Zealand – 2012

List of Chart


Chart example – Worldwide fixed broadband subscribers - 2005 – 2012
Chart 1 – Global Fixed Broadband and Mobile Subscriber Growth – 2007 -2010
Chart 2 – Worldwide fixed broadband subscribers - 2005 – 2012
Chart 3 – Worldwide Internet users – 2000 - 2012
Chart 4 – Worldwide fixed broadband subscribers - 2005 – 2012
Chart 5 – Worldwide DSL subscribers - 2000 – 2012
Chart 6 - Major 11 broadband carriers by subscribers – 2010; 2011
Chart 7 – Fixed broadband technologies at a glance – 2003 - 2012
Chart 8 – Fixed broadband technologies at a glance – 2002 - 2012
Chart 9 – Broadband subscribers – market evolution at a glance – 2003-2012
Chart 10 – Taiwan - Fixed-line broadband subscribers by technology – 2003 - 2011
Chart 11 – Japan - Broadband subscribers and population penetration – 2000 - 2012
Chart 12 – South Korea - Broadband subscribers and population penetration – 2000 - 2013
Chart 13 – South Korea - Share of broadband subscribers by technology – 1998 - 2011
Chart 14 – Singapore fixed broadband subscribers – DSL and cable modem – 2001 - 2011
Chart 15 – Overview of domain name registrations in New Zealand – .co.nz versus total – 2009 - 2012

Exhibit 1 – Examples of countries with planned ICT infrastructure investment – 2009
Exhibit 2 – Open networks
Exhibit 3 – Key insights towards FttH and Trans-sector strategy
Exhibit 4 – Open Access Principles
Exhibit 5 – Faster broadband speeds offer more than just fast Internet
Exhibit 6 – Why the average home will soon require 50Mb/s
Exhibit 7 – Explanation: optical fibre
Exhibit 8 – Examples of countries with planned ICT infrastructure investment – 2009

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