OpenVault: Broadband data usage surges as 1-Gig adoption climbs to 15.4% of wireline subscribers

Dramatic increases in provisioned speeds are continuing to shift the broadband landscape, according to the Q3 2022 edition of the (OpenVault Broadband Insights) report. The report was issued today by OpenVault [1.], a market-leading source of SaaS-based revenue and network improvement solutions and data-driven insights for the broadband industry.

Note 1.  OpenVault is a company that specializes in collecting and analyzing household broadband usage data.  It bases its quarterly reports on anonymized and aggregated data from “millions of individual broadband subscribers.”

Using data aggregated from OpenVault’s broadband management tools, the 3Q22 OVBI shows a continued increase in gigabit tier adoption, as well as migration of subscribers to speeds of 200 Mbps or higher. Fifteen percent of subscribers were on gigabit tier plans in 3Q22, an increase of 35% over the 11.4% figure in 3Q21, and the percentage of subscribers on plans between 200-400 Mbps doubled to 54.8% from 27.4% in 3Q21. At the end of the third quarter, only 4.7% of all subscribers were provisioned for speeds of less than 50 Mbps, a reduction of more than 50% from the 3Q21 figure of 9.8%.

Gigabit tier subscribers are up more than 600% since the third quarter of 2019 and are now 15.4% of all wireline internet subs. “This trend is impacting bandwidth usage characteristics, with faster growth in power users and median bandwidth usage.  Faster speeds are fueling greater consumption that may be reflected in the need for greater capacity in the future.”

Key findings in the 3Q22 report:

Other Highlights:

    • Average monthly usage of 495.5 GB was up 13.9% from 3Q21’s average of 434.9 GB, and represented a slight increase over 2Q22’s 490.7 GB. Median broadband was up 14.3% year over year, representing broader growth across all subscribers.
    • The speed tier with the fastest annual growth is in the range of 200 Mbit/s to 400 Mbit/s, which doubled to 54.8% of all subscribers. The percentage of customers on low-end 50Mbit/s tiers shrank to just 4.7% in Q3 2022, down more than 50% from the year-ago quarter.
    • Year-over-year growth of power users of 1TB or more was 18%, to 13.7% of all subscribers, while the super power user category of consumers of 2 TB or more rose almost 50% during the same time frame.
    • Participants in the  FCC’s Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) consumed 615.2 GB of data in 3Q22, 24% more than the 495.5 used by the general population.

OpenVault founder and CEO Mark Trudeau told Light Reading in October that high levels of data usage among ACP participants is surprising, but he said it’s likely due to households in the program that use the funds to upgrade to faster speed packages. As a successor to the original Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) program, ACP provides qualifying low-income households with a $30 per month subsidy ($75 for tribal households) that can be applied toward Internet subscriptions.

The entire report is at https://xprss.io/zdgeG if you fill in a form and click SEND (to OpenVault).

OpenVault also provides continuously updated broadband consumption figures at https://openvault.com/broadbandtracker/.

References:

OVBI: Broadband Speeds Shifting into High Gear

https://www.lightreading.com/broadband/average-monthly-data-usage-nears-half-terabyte-as-1-gig-adoption-climbs—study/d/d-id/781811?

https://www.telecompetitor.com/clients/openvault/2022/Q3/index.php

Ookla Ranks Internet Performance in the World’s Largest Cities: China is #1

 

 

Affordable Connectivity Program

 

Ookla Ranks Internet Performance in the World’s Largest Cities: China is #1

Internet connectivity benchmarking firm Ookla, which maintains the popular Speedtest.net service, has updated their ranking of broadband performance in countries around the world to include internet speed rankings for some of the “world’s largest cities.”  Ookla’s new list ranks median internet download speeds in nearly 200 cities all over the world.

Overall, China topped the list with Shanghai as the fastest city on their list for mobile broadband with a median download speed of 158.63Mbps (24.32Mbps upload and 17ms latency), while Beijing was fastest for fixed broadband during September 2022 at 238.86Mbps (37.75Mbps upload and 7ms latency).

Beijing (China) and Valparaiso (Chile) were ranked highest in the fixed broadband category, with average speeds of 239 Mbps and 223 Mbps, respectively, followed by Shanghai (222 Mbps), New York (218 Mbps), Bangkok (217 Mbps) and Madrid (197 Mbps).

Fastest Broadband Speeds for the World’s Largest Cities 2022

Fastest Cities for Mobile (Mbps) Fastest Cities for Fixed Broadband (Mbps)
Shanghai, China 158.63 Beijing, China 238.86
Copenhagen, Denmark 157.54 Valparaíso, Chile 222.67
Oslo, Norway 155.19 Shanghai, China 221.85
Busan, South Korea 147.55 New York, United States 218.04
Beijing, China 145.76 Bangkok, Thailand 217.19
Sofia, Bulgaria 145.28 Madrid, Spain 196.7
Ar-Rayyan, Qatar 140.69 Bucharest, Romania 195.6
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates 137.48 Lyon, France 193.34
Dubai, United Arab Emirates 135.52 Chon Buri, Thailand 188.25
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia 133.65 Tokyo, Japan 185.04
Stockholm, Sweden 126.4 Los Angeles, United States 184.15
Antwerp, Belgium 121.33 Geneva, Switzerland 182.84
Gothenburg, Sweden 120.71 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates 178.17
Doha, Qatar 114 Zürich, Switzerland 177.6
Seoul, South Korea 113.36 Santiago, Chile 176.58
Melbourne (Greater), Australia 111.78 Copenhagen, Denmark 175.31
Sydney, Australia 108.04 Barcelona, Spain 173.71
New York, United States 106.57 Osaka, Japan 169.18
Rotterdam, Netherlands 100.85 Toronto, Canada 164.93
Skopje, North Macedonia 99.02 Paris, France 155.24
Toronto, Canada 98.29 Auckland, New Zealand 149.22
Amsterdam, Netherlands 96.79 Budapest, Hungary 147.82
Los Angeles, United States 95.4 Taipei, Taiwan 144.35
Zürich, Switzerland 89.17 Kraków, Poland 138.75
Montreal, Canada 84.25 Warsaw, Poland 138.64
Helsinki, Finland 83.57 São Paulo, Brazil 124.05
Zagreb, Croatia 82.36 Dubai, United Arab Emirates 118.99
Muscat, Oman 79.66 New Taipei, Taiwan 115.36
Auckland, New Zealand 77.91 Gothenburg, Sweden 111.29
Lisbon, Portugal 76.23 Porto, Portugal 110.91
Manama, Bahrain 72.72 Stockholm, Sweden 109.59
Kuwait City, Kuwait 72.61 Haifa, Israel 108.46
Porto, Portugal 72.16 Seoul, South Korea 106.48
Paris, France 72.12 Chisinau, Moldova 105.05
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia 71.92 Panama City, Panama 104.25
Geneva, Switzerland 70.88 Oslo, Norway 102.76
Berlin, Germany 70.02 Montevideo, Uruguay 102.57
Vilnius, Lithuania 67.7 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 100.49
Manchester, United Kingdom 67.07 Amsterdam, Netherlands 99.66
London, United Kingdom 66.36 Milan, Italy 98.57
Taipei, Taiwan 65.18 Rotterdam, Netherlands 95.39
Vienna, Austria 65.08 Kuwait City, Kuwait 94.65
New Taipei, Taiwan 64.69 Medellín, Colombia 94.48
Brussels, Belgium 58.78 Busan, South Korea 94.43
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 58.64 Bogotá, Colombia 94.38
Athens, Greece 57.23 Vilnius, Lithuania 94.28
Hamburg, Germany 56.77 Ar-Rayyan, Qatar 94.16
São Paulo, Brazil 56.58 Riyadh, Saudi Arabia 93.71
Thessaloniki, Greece 56.57 Lisbon, Portugal 93.13
Lyon, France 56.08 Dublin, Ireland 91.63
Prague, Czechia 55.25 Moscow, Russia 91.26
Belgrade, Serbia 53.27 Riga, Latvia 91.14
Bucharest, Romania 52.03 Montreal, Canada 90.06
Osaka, Japan 51.53 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 89.38
Milan, Italy 51.27 Vienna, Austria 88.05
Budapest, Hungary 49.88 Belgrade, Serbia 87.88
Tokyo, Japan 49.86 Antwerp, Belgium 87.17
Riga, Latvia 45.88 Berlin, Germany 86.65
Kraków, Poland 44.42 Doha, Qatar 86.62
Warsaw, Poland 43.48 Hamburg, Germany 85.35
Barcelona, Spain 42.88 Johor Bahru, Malaysia 85.03
Rabat, Morocco 41.98 Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel 84.96
Madrid, Spain 40.78 Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam 84.32
Johannesburg, South Africa 40.38 Helsinki, Finland 84.11
Hanoi, Vietnam 40.01 Saint Petersburg, Russia 83.33
Rome, Italy 40 Amman, Jordan 80.37
Dublin, Ireland 39.96 Kiev, Ukraine 77.42
Bangkok, Thailand 39.3 Jeddah, Saudi Arabia 76.81
Haifa, Israel 39.05 Davao City, Philippines 75.23
Chon Buri, Thailand 39.03 Asuncion, Paraguay 74.18
Baku, Azerbaijan 37.12 London, United Kingdom 73.93
Tbilisi, Georgia 37.08 Hanoi, Vietnam 73.67
Chisinau, Moldova 36.3 Sofia, Bulgaria 73.66
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam 36.09 Manila, Philippines 73.47
Johor Bahru, Malaysia 35.67 Manchester, United Kingdom 73.43
Cape Town, South Africa 35.42 Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago 73.2
Ankara, Turkey 35.27 Brussels, Belgium 71.71
Montevideo, Uruguay 34.82 Buenos Aires, Argentina 71.41
Istanbul, Turkey 34.7 Muscat, Oman 69.46
Tehran, Iran 34.24 Az-Zarqa, Jordan 67.53
Guadalajara, Mexico 32.77 Kharkiv, Ukraine 67.05
Mashhad, Iran 32.71 Rome, Italy 64.92
Beirut, Lebanon 32.35 Zagreb, Croatia 63.92
Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel 31.69 Delhi, India 63.2
Kharkiv, Ukraine 31.06 San José, Costa Rica 61.44
Yangon, Myanmar (Burma) 30.98 Prague, Czechia 60.67
Casablanca, Morocco 30.84 Mexico City, Mexico 59.56
Mosul, Iraq 30.77 Minsk, Belarus 59.14
Sfax, Tunisia 30.74 Maracaibo, Venezuela 57.31
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 30.1 Guadalajara, Mexico 55.63
Kingston, Jamaica 29.89 Lima, Peru 53.68
Moscow, Russia 29.74 Sydney, Australia 53.64
Baghdad, Iraq 29.62 Melbourne (Greater), Australia 53.45
Mexico City, Mexico 28.28 Arequipa, Peru 53.4
Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma) 28.21 Gomel, Belarus 52.91
Samarkand, Uzbekistan 28.2 Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia 52.79
Vientiane, Laos 28.15 Kathmandu, Nepal 52.68
Kiev, Ukraine 28.15 Guayaquil, Ecuador 51.87
Guatemala City, Guatemala 27.89 Johannesburg, South Africa 51.79
Buenos Aires, Argentina 26.49 Córdoba, Argentina 51.67
Almaty, Kazakhstan 26.44 Alexandria, Egypt 51.07
Manila, Philippines 26.16 Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan 50.05
Tunis, Tunisia 25.87 Skopje, North Macedonia 48.09
Córdoba, Argentina 25.3 Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan 47.85
Valparaíso, Chile 24.16 Manama, Bahrain 47.69
Yerevan, Armenia 23.98 Quito, Ecuador 47.36
Tegucigalpa, Honduras 23.93 Almaty, Kazakhstan 47.21
Luanda, Angola 23.93 Tashkent, Uzbekistan 46.27
San Pedro Sula, Honduras 23.83 Kingston, Jamaica 45.75
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic 23.81 Thessaloniki, Greece 44.35
Santiago De Los Caballeros, Dominican Republic 23.64 Mumbai, India 43.56
Saint Petersburg, Russia 21.19 Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso 43.14
San Salvador, El Salvador 20.58 Managua, Nicaragua 42.68
Alexandria, Egypt 20.46 Dhaka, Bangladesh 40.38
Cairo, Egypt 20.43 Yerevan, Armenia 40.34
Az-Zarqa, Jordan 20.4 Athens, Greece 40
Davao City, Philippines 20.35 Cape Town, South Africa 39.5
Amman, Jordan 20.13 Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire 38.44
Kampala, Uganda 20.01 Ankara, Turkey 37.42
Santiago, Chile 19.87 Istanbul, Turkey 36.75
Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan 19.79 Libreville, Gabon 36.13
Phnom Penh, Cambodia 18.94 Tegucigalpa, Honduras 33.55
Quito, Ecuador 18.89 Antananarivo, Madagascar 33.34
Lagos, Nigeria 18.85 Chittagong, Bangladesh 33.02
Managua, Nicaragua 18.64 Lome, Togo 31.97
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan 18.37 Samarkand, Uzbekistan 31.58
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 17.29 San Pedro Sula, Honduras 31.53
Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire 17.22 San Salvador, El Salvador 31.36
San José, Costa Rica 17.21 Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic 30.87
Nairobi, Kenya 17.09 Pointe-Noire, Congo 30.11
Colombo, Sri Lanka 16.95 Guatemala City, Guatemala 29.53
Tashkent, Uzbekistan 16.69 Vientiane, Laos 29.04
Guayaquil, Ecuador 16.6 Accra, Ghana 28.71
Bekasi, Indonesia 16.47 Baku, Azerbaijan 28.69
Misrata, Libya 16.46 Brazzaville, Congo 27.55
South Jakarta, Indonesia 16.14 Bekasi, Indonesia 27.04
Dakar, Senegal 16.13 South Jakarta, Indonesia 27
Asuncion, Paraguay 15.93 Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia 26.28
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia 15.8 Tbilisi, Georgia 26.12
Panama City, Panama 15.75 Bamako, Mali 24.37
Oran, Algeria 15.57 Dakar, Senegal 23.41
Lahore, Pakistan 15.01 La Paz, Bolivia 23.25
Delhi, India 14.99 Cairo, Egypt 22.42
Dhaka, Bangladesh 14.98 Nouakchott, Mauritania 21.75
Kathmandu, Nepal 14.94 Baghdad, Iraq 21.58
Lima, Peru 14.65 Casablanca, Morocco 20.23
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania 14.51 Phnom Penh, Cambodia 19.78
Arequipa, Peru 13.5 Dushanbe, Tajikistan 19.61
Algiers, Algeria 13.49 Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma) 19.37
Damascus, Syria 12.83 Yangon, Myanmar (Burma) 19.03
Tripoli, Libya 12.36 Rabat, Morocco 17.57
Mumbai, India 12.29 Colombo, Sri Lanka 16.65
Bogotá, Colombia 11.99 Cotonou, Benin 15.97
Karachi, Pakistan 11.92 Karachi, Pakistan 14.82
Minsk, Belarus 11.33 Port-au-Prince, Haiti 14.7
La Paz, Bolivia 10.76 Luanda, Angola 14.18
Khartoum, Sudan 10.66 Mombasa, Kenya 14.08
Medellín, Colombia 10.4 Dar es Salaam, Tanzania 13.74
Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia 10.07 Mosul, Iraq 12.43
Sana’a, Yemen 9.96 Lagos, Nigeria 12.22
Aleppo, Syria 9.18 Oran, Algeria 12.09
Chittagong, Bangladesh 8.84 Tehran, Iran 11.9
Dushanbe, Tajikistan 8.83 Algiers, Algeria 11.87
Gomel, Belarus 8.72 Santiago De Los Caballeros, Dominican Republic 11.71
Maracaibo, Venezuela 7.75 Lahore, Pakistan 10.88
Caracas, Venezuela 7.16 Kampala, Uganda 10.6
Accra, Ghana 6.41 Kigali, Rwanda 9.65
Kabul, Afghanistan 5.15 Nairobi, Kenya 9.58
Port-au-Prince, Haiti 4.82 Lusaka, Zambia 9.12
Havana, Cuba 4.51 Tunis, Tunisia 8.54

 

North America

  • United States: T-Mobile was the fastest mobile operator with a median download speed of 116.14 Mbps. Spectrum was fastest for fixed broadband at 211.66 Mbps.
  • Canada: TELUS was the fastest mobile operator in Canada with a median download speed of 76.03 Mbps. Rogers was fastest for fixed broadband (223.89 Mbps).
  • Mexico: Telcel had the fastest median download speed over mobile at 36.07 Mbps. Totalplay was fastest for fixed broadband at 74.64 Mbps.

 

Europe

 

  • Albania: Vodafone was the fastest mobile operator with a median download speed of 46.75 Mbps. Digicom was fastest for fixed broadband at 77.83 Mbps.
  • Belgium: Telenet had the fastest median download speed over fixed broadband at 126.79 Mbps.
  • Denmark: YouSee was the fastest mobile operator in Denmark with a median download speed of 118.32 Mbps. Fastspeed was fastest for fixed broadband at 270.80 Mbps.
  • Estonia: The fastest operator in Estonia was Telia with a median download speed of 72.95 Mbps. Elisa was fastest over fixed broadband at 84.09 Mbps.
  • Finland: DNA had the fastest median download speed over mobile at 74.65 Mbps. Lounea was fastest for fixed broadband at 103.79 Mbps.
  • Germany: Telekom was the fastest mobile operator in Germany with a median download speed of 78.85 Mbps. Vodafone was fastest for fixed broadband at 112.58 Mbps.
  • Latvia: LMT had the fastest median download speed over mobile at 63.59 Mbps. Balticom was fastest for fixed broadband at 203.31 Mbps.
  • Lithuania: The operator with the fastest median download speed was Telia with 102.09 Mbps. Cgates was fastest for fixed broadband at 131.63 Mbps.
  • Poland: Orange had the fastest median download speed over mobile at 43.02 Mbps. UPC was fastest for fixed broadband at 206.22 Mbps.
  • Turkey: Turkcell was the fastest mobile operator in Turkey with a median download speed of 51.92 Mbps. TurkNet was fastest for fixed broadband at 50.94 Mbps.

References:

https://www.ookla.com/articles/global-index-cities-announcement

UK Struggles in Ranking of World’s Fastest Cities for Broadband

 

Point Topic: Global Broadband Tariff Benchmark Report- 2Q-2022

In the twelve months to the close of Q2 2022, global residential fixed line broadband subscribers saw their average monthly charges decrease by 4% on copper, cable and fiber-based tariffs. Across the three technologies the average bandwidth increased by 22% year-on-year (y-o-y), due to the increased innovation and proliferation of fiber-based networks globally. Business subscribers continued to struggle with rising monthly charges, with the average monthly charge increasing by 12% and the average downstream speed standing at 426 Mbps compared to residential tariff averages of 464 Mbps.

The Asia-Pacific region retained its dominant bandwidth position with average speeds of 1,146 Mbps, up from 1,355 Mbps in Q4 2021 and 1,135 Mbps y-o-y, followed by North America, Western Europe, and Southeast Asia with the three regions reaching a combined average of around 465 Mbps.

Qatar, Switzerland and Southeast Asian countries still remain at the top of the league by average bandwidth along Italy, France and Bulgaria; these countries all rank in the top ten cheapest for residential broadband in terms of average cost per Mbps being less than $0.10 PPP.

In Q2 2022, the combined average download bandwidth grew by 20% compared to Q2 2021 and stood at 426 Mbps. This was caused by the boost in the average speed over cable and especially fibre, 14% and 22% respectively. Copper maintained largely the same average download speed compared to the previous quarter. However, the overall global average monthly cost across the three technologies has increased by just over 12% from $217 PPP to $244 PPP at the close of Q2 2022

References:

Global Broadband Tariff Benchmark Report, Q2 2022 (point-topic.com)

 

2022 Study of broadband pricing in 220 countries reveals vast global disparities

Cable.co.uk has released a report listing what it found were the cheapest and most expensive countries and regions for broadband internet access all over the world.  The study was based on of 3,356 fixed-line broadband deals in 220 countries between 19 January 2022 and 30 March 2022.

  • Syria had the cheapest fixed-line broadband with an average monthly cost of $2.15 per month, which the report attributes to a collapse of the Syrian Pound (SYP) against the U.S. dollar.
  • Burundi was the most expensive with a whopping average package price of $429.95 per month.

Most expensive:

  • Burundi (average cost $429.95 per month)
  • Sierra Leone (average cost $316.69 per month)
  • Brunei Darussalam (average cost $258.42 per month)
  • Virgin Islands (British) (average cost $184.00 per month)
  • Turks and Caicos Islands (average cost $170.50 per month)

Cheapest:

  • Syria (average cost $2.15 per month)
  • Sudan (average cost $4.80 per month)
  • Belarus (average cost $7.40 per month)
  • Ukraine (average cost $7.40 per month)
  • Russian Federation (average cost $8.07 per month)

Here are the monthly rates for several developed countries:  Germany = $27.81; France= $28.92; South Korea $29.54; Spain = $35.04; UK  = $39.01; Japan = $47.23; U.S. = $55.00; Australia – $59.42.

For regions, the most expensive to cheapest is:

  • North America (average cost $89.44 per month)
  • Oceania (average cost $85.14 per month)
  • Caribbean (average cost $78.44 per month)
  • Sub-Saharan Africa (average cost $77.70 per month)
  • Near East (average cost $60.62 per month)
  • South America (average cost $55.17 per month)
  • Western Europe (average cost $49.25 per month)
  • Central America (average cost $43.87 per month)
  • Asia (Excl. Near East) (average cost $40.29 per month)
  • Northern Africa (average cost $22.41 per month)
  • Eastern Europe (average cost $19.90 per month)
  • Baltics (average cost $19.19 per month)
  • CIS (Former USSR) (average cost $13.96 per month)

“This year we have noticed a greater weighting towards currency devaluation in the top half of the table,” said Dan Howdle, consumer telecoms analyst at Cable.co.uk. “For example, first-place Syria, whose Syrian Pound has lost three-quarters of its value against the US dollar in the last 12 months. Island nations such as those in the Caribbean and Oceania continue to present problems when it comes to providing cheap, fast connectivity options. Those lucky enough to have an undersea cable running close by tend to be able to offer it, where others have to lean into pricier hybrid satellite, 4G and/or WiMAX solutions.

“It’s hard to see how more affordable connectivity for the general population will be coming anytime soon to those countries at the bottom of the table, plagued as they are with limitations that are geographical and geopolitical, and where there is a lack of desire in the marketplace for fixed-line broadband solutions.”

This year’s excluded countries are: Cocos (Keeling Islands), Central African Republic, Western Sahara, Guinea, British Indian Ocean Territory, Kiribati, North Korea, Northern Mariana Islands, Malawi, Niger, Nauru, Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Chad, Tuvalu, Vatican and Venezuela.

References:

https://www.cable.co.uk/broadband/pricing/worldwide-comparison/#speed

https://telecoms.com/514570/broadband-prices-ranked-uk-is-92nd-cheapest-in-the-world/

Omdia: Big increase in Gig internet subscribers in 2022; Top 25 countries ranked by Cable

Global gigabit internet subscriptions are expected to increase to 50 million in 2022, more than doubling from 24 million at the end of 2020, according to a new report from market research firm Omdia (owned by Informa).

The Omdia report states that accelerated fiber deployments are helping to drive an increase in gigabit connectivity.

“Demand for reliable broadband is set to drive growth in gigabit services, with fiber playing a key role,” said Peter Boyland, principal analyst, broadband at Omdia.

“There were fewer than 620 million fiber subscriptions globally at the end of 2020, but we expect these to grow to 719 million in 2022, or 62% of total subscriptions.”  The majority of fiber internet subscribers are expected to be in China.

However, Omdia warns that service providers must “carefully consider market demand” for their gigabit strategies and make targeted investments in fiber.

“Service providers need to carefully plan and execute gigabit network rollout, analyzing a number of factors, including infrastructure challenges, market competition, and expected demand,” writes Omdia. “But this does not stop with network rollout – operators need to continually monitor potential competitors and constantly innovate, refresh, and build service offerings so they stay ahead of rivals.”

The analysts also point out the opportunity for vendors in the market who can help service providers build “future proof” networks. “Vendors can offer long-term solutions such as monitoring and automation tools to extend the operator/vendor relationship beyond network rollouts,” the report recommends.

Of course,  what matters most to consumers is reliable service. According to Omdia’s Digital Consumer Insights survey, 36% of respondents said they were more reliant on broadband services during COVID-19, and 55% of respondents said reliability ranked top among the most important home broadband features.

All of this gigabit and fiber growth will impact broadband speeds for years to come. According to Omdia:

“In 2020, just 2% of broadband subscriptions were more than 1Gbps, but this is expected to double to 4% in 2022.”

–>See table below for the 25 countries with the fastest AVERAGE internet speeds, ranked by Cable.  Note that none of them is close to 1Gbps.

The report says that subscribers with access to 500 Mbit/s-1 Gbit/s will increase from 15% in 2020 to 21% in 202, with 17% of broadband subscriptions projected to reach speeds over 1 Gbit/s by 2026.

While high-bandwidth entertainment like augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) and gaming were thought to be the main drivers for ever-faster home broadband speeds in pre-pandemic times, Omdia’s report doesn’t think they are significantly important for gigabit Internet growth, referring to them just once as “other drivers.”

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Internet comparison site Cable has ranked the countries with the fastest broadband internet in the world based on over 1.1 billion speed tests across 224 countries and territories.

“The acceleration of the fastest countries in the world has finally plateaued this year as they reach FTTP pure fibre saturation. Increases in speed among the elite performers, then, can be attributed in greater part to uptake in many cases than to network upgrades. Meanwhile, though the countries occupying the bottom end of the table still suffer from extremely poor speeds, 2021’s figures do indicate that the situation is improving,”  said Dan Howdle of Cable.

Here are the 25 countries with the fastest download speeds:

1 Jersey JE WESTERN EUROPE 274.27
2 Liechtenstein LI WESTERN EUROPE 211.26
3 Iceland IS WESTERN EUROPE 191.83
4 Andorra AD WESTERN EUROPE 164.66
5 Gibraltar GI WESTERN EUROPE 151.34
6 Monaco MC WESTERN EUROPE 144.29
7 Macau MO ASIA (EX. NEAR EAST) 128.56
8 Luxembourg LU WESTERN EUROPE 107.94
9 Netherlands NL WESTERN EUROPE 107.30
10 Hungary HU EASTERN EUROPE 104.07
11 Singapore SG ASIA (EX. NEAR EAST) 97.61
12 Bermuda BM NORTHERN AMERICA 96.54
13 Japan JP ASIA (EX. NEAR EAST) 96.36
14 United States US NORTHERN AMERICA 92.42
15 Hong Kong HK ASIA (EX. NEAR EAST) 91.04
16 Spain ES WESTERN EUROPE 89.59
17 Sweden SE WESTERN EUROPE 88.98
18 Norway NO WESTERN EUROPE 88.67
19 France FR WESTERN EUROPE 85.96
20 New Zealand NZ OCEANIA 85.95
21 Malta MT WESTERN EUROPE 85.20
22 Estonia EE BALTICS 84.72
23 Aland Islands AX WESTERN EUROPE 81.31
24 Canada CA NORTHERN AMERICA 79.96
25 Belgium BE WESTERN EUROPE 78.46

It is the fourth year of the assessment and the latest ranking uses data collected in the 12 months up to 30th June 2021 to evaluate internet speed by country.

 

References:

https://www.lightreading.com/optical-ip/fttx/gigabit-subscriptions-set-for-big-increase-next-year—omdia/a/d-id/774291

Ranked: countries with the fastest internet in the world

https://www.cable.co.uk/broadband/speed/worldwide-speed-league/

 

GAO: U.S. Broadband Benchmark Speeds Too Slow; FCC Should Analyze Small Business Speed Needs

In a report released Thursday, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) said that the FCC’s benchmark for minimum broadband internet speeds (set six years ago at “always on” access of 25 Mbps downstream and 3 Mbps upstream) is no longer fast enough. That’s  especially the case for small business owners. After conducting a study on the matter, the GAO recommends the FCC analyze small business speed requirements at this time and reconsider its current definition.

“FCC officials said they are not aware of any small business requirements that have been taken into consideration in determining the minimum speed benchmark,” the GAO says. “Analyzing small business speed requirements could help inform FCC’s determination of the benchmark speed for broadband.”

The figure below illustrates the various kinds of business broadband use and the associated relative speed requirements.

Illustrative Examples of Different Kinds of U.S. Business Broadband Use:

Illustrative Examples of Different Kinds of Business Broadband Use

Sources vary in terms of the specific speeds they recommend for small businesses. For example, in 2017, BroadbandUSA—a National Telecommunications and Information Administration program—published a fact sheet stating that small businesses need a minimum of 50 Mbps speeds in order to conduct tasks such as managing inventory, operating point-of-sale terminals, and coordinating shipping. A 2019 USDA report on rural broadband and agriculture stated that, as technology advances and volumes of data needed to manage agriculture production grow, speeds in excess of 25/3 Mbps with more equal download and upload speeds will likely be necessary.

Reports from small businesses show that many want a download speed of at least 100 Mbps to run their operations more effectively. According to the FCC’s data, about 67 percent of rural Americans have access to 100 Mbps down/10 Mbps up speeds, compared to about 83 percent with access to the agency’s current minimum benchmark.

To fulfill a statutory requirement to determine annually whether advanced telecommunications capability is being deployed on a reasonable and timely basis to all Americans, FCC sets a minimum broadband speed benchmark.

In its 2021 Broadband Deployment Report, FCC stated that the current benchmark, last set in 2015, continues to meet that requirement. However, FCC officials said they are not aware of any small business requirements that have been taken into consideration in determining the minimum speed benchmark. Analyzing small business speed requirements could help inform FCC’s determination of the benchmark speed for broadband.

Recommendations:

GAO is making one recommendation to FCC to solicit stakeholder input and analyze small business broadband speed needs and incorporate the results of this analysis into the benchmark for broadband. FCC agreed with this recommendation.

References:

https://www.gao.gov/products/gao-21-494

https://www.gao.gov/assets/gao-21-494-highlights.pdf

https://gizmodo.com/the-fccs-definition-of-broadband-internet-is-too-slow-1847257425