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United Kingdom - Key Statistics, Telecom Market and Regulatory Overviews

  • May 2015
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  • Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd
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  • 37 pages

The UK's telecom market, one of the largest in Europe, is characterised by fierce competition in the mobile and broadband sectors, and by an innovative broadcast sector which has pioneered business models for distributing digital content. As a consequence, mobile and broadband penetration is comfortably ahead of the European average, while digital TV uptake has reached 90% of the population. Consumer prices across the board have fallen steadily, while network capabilities have been greatly expanded following recent investments by British Telecom and Virgin Media in Next Generation Networks.

This report analyses the key aspects of the UK's telecom market, presenting statistics on the fixed network services sector and an overview of the key regulatory issues including the status of interconnection, local loop unbundling, and carrier preselection. The report reviews the major fixed network telcos, examines the status of fixed-line voice services following the deregulation of the retail call market sector, and assesses the success and market impact of BT Openreach.

Key developments:
BT and Huawei trial 3Tb/s channel over existing fibre; Ofcom proposes opening BT's dark fibre to competitors; Ofcom publishes Annual Plan to 2015; telecom revenue falls for third successive year; Ofcom prepares for LLU and WLR charges; new Arctic cables to connect UK to Japan; Ofcom powers to be revised; regular's market updates; telcos' financial and operating data to Q1 2015; recent market developments.

Companies covered in this report include:
Virgin Media, BT, KCom, Orange, Cable & Wireless, COLT Telecom, Carphone Warehouse, BSkyB, O2.

Table Of Contents

United Kingdom - Key Statistics, Telecom Market and Regulatory Overviews
1. Synopsis
2. Key statistics
3. Telecommunications market
3.1 Economic climate
3.2 Overview of the UK's telecom market
4. Regulatory environment
4.1 History
4.1.1 Revised NFR
4.2 Regulatory authority
4.2.1 Office of Communications (Ofcom)
4.2.2 Ofcom's strategic review
4.2.3 Digital Economy Act 2010
4.3 BT's functional separation
4.3.1 Openreach
4.4 Telecom sector liberalisation in the UK
4.4.1 Privatisation of British Telecom
4.4.2 Interconnect
4.4.3 Access
4.4.4 Number Portability (NP)
4.4.5 Carrier PreSelection (CPS)
4.4.6 Wholesale Line Rental (WLR)
5. Major fixed network operators in the UK
5.1 New regulations
5.2 British Telecom
5.2.1 Company restructure
5.3 KCom
5.4 Cable and Wireless (CandW)
5.5 Virgin Media
5.6 COLT Telecom
5.7 Carphone Warehouse
5.8 TalkTalk Group
5.9 Orange
5.10 Sky
6. Telecommunications infrastructure
6.1 National telecom network
6.2 Next Generation Networks
6.2.1 BT's 21CN
6.3 International
6.3.1 Submarine cable networks
6.3.2 Satellite networks
7. Cloud services
8. Related reports
Table 1 Country statistics 2015 (e)
Table 2 Telecom revenue and investment statistics 2014 (e)
Table 3 Telephone network statistics 2014 (e)
Table 4 Internet user statistics 2014
Table 5 Broadband statistics 2014 (e)
Table 6 Mobile statistics 2015 (e)
Table 7 National telecommunications authority
Table 8 Household penetration of fixed and mobile services 2006 - 2014
Table 9 Fixed-line calls and access revenue by main operator 2011 - 2014
Table 10 Communications retail revenue by sector 2003 - 2014
Table 11 Retail voice and data revenue 2003 - 2012
Table 12 Fixed telecoms revenue by service 2008 - 2013
Table 13 Household spend on telecoms services 2005 - 2013
Table 14 Communications revenue by sector 2003 - 2013
Table 15 Communications wholesale and retail revenue 2005 - 2013
Table 16 Call volumes, fixed-line and mobile in minutes 2003 - 2015
Table 17 Proportion of calls made, fixed-line and mobile 2006 - 2015
Table 18 Telecom retail revenue by sector: fixed, mobile 2000 - 2014
Table 19 Telecom connections: fixed, mobile, broadband 2002 - 2014
Table 20 Fixed telecoms revenue by type 2006 - 2012
Table 21 Household penetration by telecom technology 2003 - 2004; 2006 - 2013
Table 22 BT LLU, shared wholesale lines 2004 - 2015
Table 23 Lines with CPS 2004 - 2015
Table 24 WLR lines 2004 - 2015
Table 25 Fixed-voice traffic by type in minutes 2002 - 2013
Table 26 Fixed telecom lines by operator 2005 - 2013
Table 27 Fixed-voice and data retail revenue 2006 - 2013
Table 28 Fixed-voice revenue by call type 2002 - 2011
Table 29 Fixed-voice revenue by call type 2011 - 2014
Table 30 BT share of residential call types by traffic volumes 2002 - 2014
Table 31 BT Consumer lines and TV subscribers 2011 - 2015
Table 32 BT financial data 2006 - 2015
Table 33 BT revenue by retail, Consumer, Business divisions 2007 - 2015
Table 34 BT revenue by Global Services, Wholesale and Openreach divisions 2007 - 2014
Table 35 BT retail revenue by sector (historic) 2008 - 2012
Table 36 KCom revenue 1999 - 2014
Table 37 Cable and Wireless Europe financial data 2009 - 2013
Table 38 Cable and Wireless subscribers by sector (historic) 2007 - 2009
Table 39 Virgin Media revenue 2003 - 2014
Table 40 Virgin Media revenue by sector 2006 - 2014
Table 41 Virgin Media subscribers by sector 2007 - 2015
Table 42 COLT financial data 2006 - 2014
Table 43 COLT financial data by business 2013 - 2014
Table 44 Carphone Warehouse Europe mobile subscribers 2011 - 2012
Table 45 Carphone Warehouse Europe revenue, profit 2008 - 2014
Table 46 TalkTalk financial data 2009 - 2015
Table 47 TalkTalk subscribers 2011 - 2015
Table 48 Orange broadband subscribers 2004 - 2012
Table 49 BSkyB voice customers 2006 - 2014
Table 50 Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity 1999 - 2004
Table 51 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2005 - 2015
Chart 1 Communications retail revenue by sector 2003 - 2014
Chart 2 Communications revenue by sector 2003 - 2013
Chart 3 Communications wholesale and retail revenue 2005 - 2013
Chart 4 Call volumes, fixed-line and mobile in minutes 2003 - 2015
Chart 5 Telecom connections: fixed, mobile, broadband 2002 2014
Chart 6 BT LLU, shared wholesale lines 2004 2015
Chart 7 BT financial data 2006 - 2015
Chart 8 BT revenue by operating division 2007 - 2015
Chart 9 Cable and Wireless Europe financial data 2009 2013
Chart 10 Virgin Media revenue by sector 2006 - 2014
Chart 11 Virgin Media subscribers by sector 2007 - 2015
Chart 12 COLT financial data 2006 - 2014
Chart 13 Carphone Warehouse Europe revenue, profit 2008 - 2014
Exhibit 1 EU The New Regulatory Framework (NRF)
Exhibit 2 Principal submarine cables from the UK

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