The development of fixed-line broadband subscriptions 2014

The number of fixed-line broadband subscriptions increased 2 per cent in the 2014. The largest increase was experienced in Ethernet connections.

At the end of 2014, there were around 1.8 million fixed-line broadband subscriptions, which is 2 per cent more than in 2013. The number of subscriptions has remained fairly stable over the past few years. The strong increase in the number of subscriptions ended in 2008 and turned into a slight decrease that continued until the first half of 2010, after which the number of subscriptions has slightly increased again. It is likely, however, that the number of fixed-line broadband subscriptions will not experience any major changes in the near future. The most significant changes are expected to occur in subscription technologies and data transfer speeds.

Of all fixed-line broadband subscriptions implemented using different technologies, the largest increase was experienced in Ethernet connections (around 54,000 subscriptions more) and cable modem subscriptions (around 36,000 subscriptions more). Investments in fibre-optic networks can be seen as an increase in FTTH (Fibre to the Home) subscriptions and the number of other subscriptions (such as Ethernet) using the fibre-optic network. The number of subscriptions implemented using these technologies will probably increase in the future.

Even though the share of subscriptions using DSL (Digital Subscriber Line implemented with metallic local loops) continues to decrease, around 55 per cent of all fixed-line broadband subscriptions were still DSL subscriptions at the end of 2014. Of all subscriptions, around 22 per cent were cable modem and 18 per cent were Ethernet subscriptions.

2007 2008 2009 20102011 20122013 2014
xDSL 1271 12311186 1113 112510791028963
166 217269 324
Real estate and housing company subs.* 114 135 107158 613 13 14
Cable modem 210 215 223241 296 326 355 391
Wireless broad-band 15 26 32 27 17 11 5 3
132026 4150 61
Other 8 10 6 1 2 11 3

*Incl. for example Ethernet subscriptions until year 2010

Figure: Fixed-line broadband subscriptions divided by technology in 2007–2014.

End users have switched to ever faster fixed-line broadband subscriptions. At the end of 2014, 73 per cent of all subscriptions had a speed of 10 Mbps or higher. Some 20 per cent of all subscriptions had a speed of at least 100 Mbps. Around 3 per cent of all the subscriptions were still of the slowest type, i.e. less than 2 Mbps.

This article is a part of FICORA's Communications Sector Review 2014 (1/2015).

Key words: Internet, Broadband, Articles, Reviews, Statistics

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