EU28- Wireline and Fixed Broadband Market Statistics and Forecasts- Q2 2015
London 18 September 2015- The total number of connections to fixed broadband technologies in EU28 countries passed 160 million by the end of Q2 2015, an increase of 1% on Q1 2015 and 4% on the same quarter in 2014. In Q2 2015, the number of xDSL connections (the main fixed broadband technology in EU28) passed 104 million lines, representing 65% of the fixed broadband market (Figure 1).
Figure 1. Broadband Connections by Technology, Q2 2015
Cable Modem connections, the second most popular type of broadband technologies (with 19% market share), rose to 31 million at the end of Q2. Fibre technologies continue to dominate overall growth, experiencing a net gain of 8% since Q1 2015 – which means that FTTx is the fastest growing technology in EU28 countries. By the end of Q2 2015, the number of FTTx connections reached 22 million. Other fixed broadband technologies, including WiMAX, Satellite, LAN and MAN with 4 million connections, represent the fourth category of fixed broadband technologies deployed in EU28 countries.
Quantum Web predicts that xDSL will continue as the dominant technology for broadband access in EU28 countries, despite a substantial decline of its connections. By the end of 2020, the number of xDSL connections will shrink to 77 million, representing 43% of total broadband market across the member states. Cable Modem with 31 million connections, FTTx with 25 million and other fixed broadband technologies with 3.8 million will account for 21%, 34% and 1.6% of the broadband market respectively (Figure 2).
Fixed Broadband by Country
There has been little change overall at the country level since Q1 2015.
Germany continues to be the largest market, with over30 million broadband connections and 19% of the overall market in Q2 2015. France posted a slower quarterly growth than Germany in Q2, reaching 26.4 million broadband connections and 16.6 % share of market among EU28 countries. UK is the third largest broadband country with over 23 million connections, followed by Italy (14.5 million) and Spain with just over 13 million (Figure 3).
Greece with 3.6% growth since the previous quarter is the fastest growing market in the European Union followed by Bulgaria (3.2%), Portugal (2.5%) and Cyprus (2.1%). The Netherlands saw a -0.8% decline in fixed broadband connections followed by Poland in Q2 vs Q1 2015.
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