Europe - Broadband - Broadband over Power Line (BPL)
Europe has the second largest market for BPL networks in the world, with more than 200 million homes and businesses connected directly to utility networks, and thus potentially to broadband and telecommunications services through power cables. Trials have been conducted in several European countries to address technological and consumer issues. Despite a number of advantages, the technical and regulatory environment has thus far hampered large-scale BPL roll-outs, while technological developments in both the cable and DSL sectors have weakened the business case for BPL deployment. This report examines the business models for BPL in Europe in 2006, and provides an analysis of the technology's potential following the EC's moves towards lifting restrictive regulatory barriers, and the formalisation of standards earlier in the year. The report also reviews ongoing BPL trials and analyses existing deployments.
Last Update: 9 Nov 2006 Number of Pages: 18
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Europe - Broadband - Regulating fibre access
Several European countries now lead the world in broadband penetration. A number of factors have contributed to this success, fundamental among them being the role of governments and regulators in ensuring fair access to incumbent networks and in removing obstacles to investment. Europe still lags behind Asia in the deployment of fibre networks, yet the rapidly developing consumer market for triple play services and content means that the fibre sector will be the principal focus for new infrastructure investment in coming years. The onus is on national regulators to manage the expanding fibre footprint effectively, if necessary through enforcing structural separation on incumbents, so benefitting consumers and delivering a world-class infrastructure for the future. This report examines European regulatory policies in 2009 which aim to encourage fibre infrastructure investment while promoting competition.
Last Update: 20 Feb 2009 Number of Pages: 10
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Europe - Broadband Market Insights and Statistics
The European broadband market has seen a considerable evolution during the last year, epitomised by the migration to higher-data services and from copper-based networks to fibre. Growth in many markets slowed in 2010 as a result of high broadband penetration, while markets in the less developed southern and eastern countries have sought to catch up with their northern counterparts. Growth is still driven by intra-and inter-platform competition and by regulatory measures to improve access to incumbent networks. Technological developments in the cable, DSL and fibre platforms have helped transform broadband from a PC-based service to a fundamental component of many households' entertainment, through services such as VoD and IPTV. The main growth driver is now fibre, particular with FttH which has emerged as the preferred albeit more costly architecture, followed by cable and DSL. Cable networks have seen considerable subscriber growth as a result of operator investment in DOSCSIS3.0 technology, and the widespread deployment of data services providing up to 120Mb/s. This report presents statistics and analysis on Europe's fixed-line broadband market in 2011, including developments in ADSL, cable and fibre technologies, and noting the status of EU and government policies to encourage broadband take-up to the end of the decade.
Key developments: state aid for broadband quadruples in 2010 year-on-year to €1.8 billion; broadband as universal service by 2013; EC's targets at least 50% of households to have 100Mb/s; EC promoting broadband as a universal service; Digital Agenda for economic recovery; DSL trials providing 700Mb/s; HFC networks taking larger share of super-fast connections; decline of DSL in many markets as customers defect to mobile broadband options and more widely available FttH.
Last Update: 21 Jun 2011 Number of Pages: 22
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Europe - Convergence - Triple play and Digital TV
The triple play model in Europe has expanded during the last two years as an increasing number of incumbents and second-tier operators have developed bundled services to attract customers and reduce churn. Network capacity to carry these services has been improved through upgrades using ADSL2+, hybrid VDSL/fibre and DOCSIS 3.0 technologies. A growing number of quad-play offers have also been marketed, with mobile telecoms added to existing bundles of fixed-voice, Internet and TV. This report presents key statistics and analysis on media convergence in Europe in 2010. It also assesses Europe's digital TV market, providing data on the regulatory environment, the main operators, and forecasts for digital TV penetration in coming years.
Last Update: 15 Sep 2010 Number of Pages: 19
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Europe - Functional Separation Developments - 2009
Functional or structural separation continues to be an exciting development in Europe. Beginning with British Telecom, the years of debate have been acted on and during 2009 a number of plans will be implemented to alter the fundamental structure of several European incumbents. These developments are possible as much through the introduction of far-reaching regulatory reforms as through the relative fortunes of individual companies which have placed greater political and commercial pressure on them to unshackle their various divisions, and cease being vertically integrated operators. The commercial success of BT since it underwent this process is proof that component companies can generate more value separately than they would if retained under the umbrella of the parent company. This report analyses structural separation in Europe in 2009. It provides the background to this important development, assesses the main drivers pushing for reform and evaluates how the wider telco markets may fare in coming years.
Last Update: 26 Nov 2009 Number of Pages: 14
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