Sunday, November 25, 2018

Half of Global Fixed Lines Support Internet Access

In 2017, about half of all fixed network lines globally supported voice. The other half (the growing half) consisted of internet access lines, according to International Telecommunications Union data.

Fixed Network Lines, Voice and Broadband, Lines in Millions

2014
2015
2016
2017*
Fixed-telephone subscriptions
Developed
503
490
479
471
Developing
592
556
524
500
World
1,095
1,046
1,004
972
LDCs
9
8
9
9
Fixed broadband subscriptions





Developed
354
370
382
392
Developing
377
472
535
588
World
731
842
917
979
LDCs
5
7
8
10





Total Lines




Developed
857
860
861
863
Developing
969
1028
1059
1088
World
1,826
1,888
1,921
1951
LDCs
14
15
17
19





Percentage Broadband Lines
Developed
41%
43%
44%
45%
Developing
39%
46%
51%
54%
World
40%
45%
48%
50%
LDCs
36%
47%
47%
53%


That illustrates one key facet of fixed network business models: increasingly, the fixed network is a platform for internet access, less so voice. The other trend is that more of the value of the fixed network is being generated by a range of data services including wholesale and retail lines, as well as services for enterprises.



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