The total number of fixed broadband technologies in non-EU Europe and Central Asia countries passed 53 million

The total number of connections to fixed broadband technologies in non-EU Europe and Central Asia countries1 passed 53 million by the end of Q2 2015, an increase of 1% on Q1 2015 and 7% on the same quarter in 2014.

In Q2 2015, the number of xDSL connections (the main fixed broadband technology in non-EU Europe and Central Asia countries) stood at 25.8 million lines, representing 49% of the fixed broadband market, a decline of 200 thousands lines compare to the same quarter in 2014. FTTx connections, the second most common type of broadband technology (with 33% market share), rose to 17 million at the end of Q2 and continues to be the favourite substitute of xDSL in the region with a net gain of 2.6 million and 3% increase in its market share since Q2 2014 . Cable Modem continues to have slow but steady growth, experiencing a net gain of 1% since Q1 2015 – which means that Cable Modem is the slowest growing technology in non-EU Europe and Central Asia countries. By the end of Q2 2015, the number of Cable Modem connections reached 5.3 million. Other fixed broadband technologies, including WiMAX, Satellite, LAN and MAN with 4.6 million connections, represent the fourth category of fixed broadband technologies deployed in Non EU Europe and Central Asia countries. (Figure 1).

Figure 1. Broadband Connections by Technology, Q2 2015
Europe and Central Asia1

Quantum Web predicts that xDSL will continue as the dominant technology for broadband access in non-EU Europe and Central Asia countries, despite a substantial decline in its connections. By the end of 2020, the number of xDSL connections will shrink to 20 million, representing 46% of the total broadband market across the non-EU Europe and Central Asia countries.  FTTx with 36 million connections, Cable Modem with 7 million and other fixed broadband technologies with 4.8 million will account for 34%, 10% and 9% of the broadband market respectively (Figure 2).

Figure 2. Broadband Connections by Technology, Q4 2020 Europe and Central Asia2

Fixed Broadband by Country

There has been little change overall at the country level since Q1 2015.
Russia continues to be the largest market, with over 25 million broadband connections and 44% of the overall market in Q2 2015.  Turkey posted a faster quarterly growth than Russia in Q2, reaching 9.6 million broadband connections and 17 % share of market among non-EU Europe and Central Asia countries.  Ukraine is the third largest broadband country with over 7 million connections, followed by Switzerland (3.4 million) and Belarus with just over 2.6 million (Figure 3).

Figure 3. Broadband Connections by country, Q2 2015Europe and Central Asia3

Azerbaijan with 12.5% growth since the previous quarter is the fastest growing market in non-EU Europe and Central Asia countries followed by Uzbekistan (2.8%), Serbia (1.8%) and Turkey (1.6%). Norway saw a -0.5% decline in fixed broadband connections followed by Ukraine (0.5%) in Q2 vs Q1 2015.


1-Azerbaijan, Belarus, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Serbia, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and the rest of Europe and Central Asia        ( Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Bosnia Herzegovina, Faroe Islands, Georgia, Gibraltar, Greenland, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Liechtenstein, Macedonia, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan)



Azerbaijan AzEuroTel Russia 2KOM Switzerland UPC Cablecom
Aztelekom Akado Salt
Baktelekom Enforta Sunrise
Karabakh Telecom Er Telecom Swisscom
Seven Sky
Belarus Atlant Telecom InterZet Turkey Digiturk
Belinfonet Kostroma GTS D.Smart
Beltelecom Metromax Eser
Cosmos TV MGTS Grid
Netbynet ??net
Iceland 365 Nevalink Millenicom
Hringdu Nir Telecom Teknotel
Iceland Telecom Novotelecom Telnet-Turcom
Tal NTV Plus Turk Telekom
Vodafone OnLime Turkcell
Orion Express Turknet
Norway Alta Kraftlag Rostelecom Turksat
Lyse Tele SkyNet Vodafone
Lysglimt Starnet Russia
Next Gen Tel Summa Telecom Ukraine Airbites Ukraine
Broadbnet Tattelecom Datagroup
Tafjord Mimer Tricolor TV Fregat
Telenor Vimpelcom O3
TeliaSonera Optima-Farlep
Nyttbredband Serbia MTS Triolan
Varanger Bynett Ukrtelecom
Ventelo Viasat Ukraine
Uzbekistan Chirkom
East Telecom
Sarkor Telecom
Sharq Telecom