Friday, February 01, 2013

Ofcom, ITU & European Union Broadband Statistics update


A summary of some interesting recent broadband statistics:

From Ofcom’s Infrastructure Report (December 2012 update) re UK broadband availability, speeds and monthly data consumption:
“Current generation broadband is available in close to 100% of premises in the UK. Overall take-up of fixed broadband services is now around 71% of UK premises…We found that 10% of all UK connections had fixed broadband speeds of less than 2Mbit/s this year, a significant improvement on the 14% recorded last year.” 
“Superfast broadband (SFBB) is now available from commercial providers to 65% of UK premises. A growing number of consumers are replacing their existing broadband services with superfast services: approximately one in ten broadband connections are now superfast, with 7% of premises taking such services.” 
 "The UK’s average broadband speeds have been rising as a result of this accelerating take-up of SFBB and the average speed now stands at 12.7Mbit/s, an increase of 69% from the 7.5Mbit/s recorded in 2011.  Driven primarily by increased consumption of internet delivered video based services, consumers are using more data than ever: on average, residential fixed broadband customers are using 23GB of data per month (up by 35% from 17GB in 2011)."
Full document here and commentary from ISP Review here.

From Ofcom’s International Communications Market Report press release, re increasing UK mobile usage:
“Ofcom’s report shows that the UK has one of the highest penetrations of smartphones, at 58%, while just under one in five (19%) has a tablet computer. UK consumers are using laptops, smartphones and other connected devices to access the internet more often than other countries…In December 2011, the average UK mobile connection used 424 megabytes of data, whether for social networking, streaming videos, web browsing or downloading music. This was higher than any other major country…One sixth (16%) of all website traffic in the UK was on a mobile, tablet or other connected device, higher than any other country in Europe.”
Full document here.

From Ofcom’s Telecommunications Market Data Update Q2 2011, re UK fixed broadband connections and call volumes:
 “The total number of non-corporate fixed broadband connections passed 20 million for the first time during the quarter, and there were 20.3 million at the end of June 2011, 7.3% more than there had been a year previously.” 
“For the second successive quarter mobile-originated call volumes (30.7 billion minutes) were higher than fixed-originated call volumes, with mobile now accounting for 51.3% of outgoing call volumes, though mobile call volumes still fell 1.6% compared to Q2 2010.”
Commentary from ISP Review here.

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) report Measuring the Information Society 2012 reveals  there are now almost as many mobile phone subscriptions (six billion) as people in the world (7 billion). From the ITU press release:
 “The new data, released in ITU’s flagship annual report Measuring the Information Society 2012, rank the Republic of Korea as the world’s most advanced ICT economy, followed by Sweden, Denmark, Iceland and Finland. Of the ten top-ranked countries, eight are from Europe. The two remaining countries both come from the Asia-Pacific region, with the Republic of Korea in first place, and Japan ranked 8th. The top five countries have not changed their rank between 2010 and 2011. The only new entrant in the top ten is the UK, which moved up from 14th place last year to 9th place in 2012." 
“The report also shows that the ICT sector has become a major contributor to economic growth. In 2010, global exports of ICT goods accounted for 12% of world merchandise trade, and as much as 20% in developing countries. ITU data show that global revenues from telecommunication services reached USD 1.5 trillion in 2010, corresponding to 2.4 % of the world’s gross domestic product (GDP). In the same year, investment (measured by capital expenditure) in telecommunications amounted to more than USD 241 billion, or an estimated 2% of the world’s total gross fixed capital formation.”
Coverage from the BBC here.

Finally the European Union’s Study on Broadband Coverage 2011 ("Mapping progress towards the coverage objectives of the Digital Agenda") reports that:
“…the European Union already has standard broadband available for the great majority of EU homes, 95.7%, over 200 million altogether. It is also now half-way towards the goal of 30Mbps access for all by 2020. Over 50% of EU homes – 105 million - already had NGA broadband available to them. The gap is inevitably larger in rural areas, particularly where NGA is concerned. 78% of rural EU homes have access to standard broadband but only 12% - 5 million - have NGA available. Thus 35 million of the 40 million rural homes in Europe are waiting for NGA to arrive. Bringing it to them is likely to require considerable effort and investment.”