This study reviews the current state of broadband markets in Europe and North America
It presents the latest developments observed on these markets and the emerging trends for consumer broadband
The potential of satellite broadband over these regions is analyzed in detail, as well as the strategies adopted by the main satellite players involved in this market.

Table of contents

1. Executive Summary

2. Methodology
2.1. General methodology of IDATE’s reports
2.2. Methodology specific to this report

3. Governmental initiatives & national broadband plans in the USA and Europe
3.1. Europe
3.1.1. Objectives
3.1.2. Progress
3.2. USA
3.2.1. Objectives
3.2.2. Progress

4. Broadband market dynamics
4.1. Fixed Internet
4.1.1. Europe
4.1.2. USA
4.2. Mobile Internet
4.2.1. Europe
4.2.2. USA
4.3. LTE as a fixed Internet technology

5. What challenges and opportunities for satellite?
5.1. The market is mainly located in the USA
5.2. After a slow start, the market is also now developing in Europe
5.3. Challenges remain ahead
5.3.1. Reducing bandwidth costs will be critical
5.3.2. Keep on simplifying satellite equipment installation
5.3.3. Lowering pricing remains key
5.4. Market forecasts up to 2018

List of tables and figures

List of tables and figures

Table 1: European countries’ BB/UFB objectives under the Digital Agenda
Table 2: Scorecard for various national BB/UFB plans, in Europe
Table 3: Scorecard for national BB/UFB plans (USA)
Table 4: BB/UFB data for the USA, December 2013
Table 5: Residential connections over 200 Kbps in at least one direction, by technology, 2009-2013
Table 6: Mobile subscribers by RAT technologies in selected countries
Table 7: Data plan options for Verizon Home Fusion
Table 8: Data plan options for Vodafone Germany Zuhause

Figure 1: Price positioning of residential LTE VS satellite broadband offerings* in Germany, August 2014
Figure 2: Total coverage by technology at EU level, 2012-2013
Figure 3: Next Generation Access (FTTP, VDSL and Docsis 3.0 cable) coverage, 2013
Figure 4: Fast and ultrafast broadband penetration (subscriptions as a % of population) at EU level, July 2010 – January 2014
Figure 5: Fixed broadband subscriptions – technology market shares, January 2014
Figure 6: Fixed broadband subscription by speed, as of end-2013
Figure 7: Actual download speed of xDSL as a percentage of advertised speed at peak hours, as of October 2013
Figure 8: HHI for the fixed broadband market in European countries, as of March 2014
Figure 9: Fixed broadband subscriptions by headline speed, January 2014
Figure 10: Comparison between advertised and sustained speed on US fixed market, as of September 2013
Figure 11: Ranking US operators, by stated access speed, June 2014
Figure 12: LTE coverage, end of 2012
Figure 13: 4G (LTE) coverage, 2013
Figure 14: Penetration rate of LTE as of end-2013
Figure 15: Distribution of households, by means of access to broadband
Figure 16: Average and average peak mobile connection speed
Figure 17: HHI on mobile market, as of Q1 2014
Figure 18: Percentage of data used on LTE, by mobile network operator
Figure 19: Time spent on LTE by users with compatible devices
Figure 20: Average download speed on selected US operator LTE networks during Q1 2014
Figure 21: Evolution of average LTE speed
Figure 22: Comparison between NBN Co density of eNodeB (using 2.3 GHz band) as compared to other Australian MNOs using 800 MHz band
Figure 23: Verizon 4G LTE Broadband Router with voice
Figure 24: Satellite broadband market in North America, as of YE 2013
Figure 25: HughesNet plans and pricing, as of July 2014
Figure 26: Growth of SES & Eutelsat broadband subscriber bases
Figure 27: Positioning of several satellite broadband solutions in France, July 2014
Figure 28: Evolution of HTS capacity
Figure 29: 5G objective for 5G Forum
Figure 30: SES’ Point and Play guideline
Figure 31: Price positioning of residential LTE VS satellite broadband offerings in Germany*, August 2014
Figure 32: Price positioning of residential LTE VS satellite broadband offerings in the USA, August 2014
Figure 33: Satellite broadband subscribers’ forecasts, in North America and in Europe, 2014-2018

Geographic area

Europe North America
  • United States


Terrestrial broadband market dynamics
• The migration towards ultra fast broadband continues
• LTE coverages are improving, but are still limited in rural areas
• LTE is increasingly being used as a fixed technology

The satellite broadband market remains marginal
• Challenges remain ahead

Market forecasts up to 2018
• The market will register sustained growth

Other details

  • Reference: M14323INA
  • Delivery: on the DigiWorld Interactive platform
  • Languages available: English
  • Tags: 700 MHz, 800MHz, bandwidth costs, broadband access, broadband market, commercial LTE, connection speed, DAE objectives, EchoStar-XVII, fixed broadband, fixed broadband connection, fixed broadband services, Fixed Internet, FTTx networks, LTE, LTE coverage, LTE markets, LTE offerings, mobile Internet, National Broadband Plans, Next Generation Access, residential LTE offerings, rural coverage, satellite, satellite broadband, satellite broadband market, satellite broadband plans, satellite equipment, satellite operators, satellite players, telecom market, terrestrial broadband coverage, ultra fast broadband, Ultrafast broadband, ViaSat-1

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