This report provides an update to our November 2020 publication, Ultrafast UK: Gigabit connectivity sees unprecedented investment and expansion. It covers the latest announcements and activities of the country’s three largest broadband players, Openreach, Virgin Media O2 and CityFibre, and looks at developments and progress made by several independent infrastructure providers.
We have updated our forecasts of fixed broadband take-up for 114 markets to the end of 2030. The forecasts are based on our quarterly broadband take-up data up to Q1 2021 and include both residential and business connections.
At the end of Q2 2021, the number of global fixed broadband connections grew by 1.7% and stood at 1.22bn, with the quarterly growth returning to normal. As before, the extent of growth varied across different markets, with 16 countries reporting a decline in fixed broadband subscriptions in Q2 2021, up from 15 in Q1 2021.
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