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Fixed network data traffic worldwide: forecasts and analysis 2015–2020




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Fixed network data traffic worldwide: forecasts and analysis 2015–2020

About this report

This report analyses the drivers and inhibitors of fixed-line data

traffic, and forecasts the volume, type and source of that traffic
worldwide, as well as the bandwidths required to support it. Forecasts are provided for:

Our findings are based on several sources, including: Eight geographical regions 19 countries/sub-regions

Analysys Mason’s regional forecasts, and FTTx and wireless Central and Eastern Europe Poland, Romania, Russia, Turkey
traffic forecasts Developed Asia–Pacific Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea
data from operators, service providers and regulators Emerging Asia–Pacific China, India, Malaysia

discussions with stakeholders – particularly operators. Latin America Brazil

Middle East and North Africa
North America USA


How much traffic will there be on fixed networks? Western Europe France, Germany, Italy, Nordic region,
Spain, UK
How will that traffic be split in terms of Internet, managed IP and
multicast IPTV?
How will that traffic be split in terms of end-user devices: TVs, PCs and WHO NEEDS TO R EAD THIS R EPOR T
mobile devices?
Vendors and executives in operators’ CTO offices who are responsible for
Will next-generation access (NGA) deliver more traffic, or does the network dimensioning, because this report provides data on where and
increase in traffic drive NGA? why fixed IP traffic is generated.
How will median usage differ from the mean? Service planners and marketing teams that are considering the way
How will upstream traffic evolve? content provision should be tied to network launches and promotions.
How will busy-hour bandwidth evolve?

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The degree of correlation between mobile usage and fixed usage was
weak at December 2014
Figure 15: Fixed Internet and mobile data usage per capita, selected countries, December 2014
Mobile (GB per pop per month)

2.5 10% MOBILE 5–10% MOBILE Hong Kong
South Korea
2.0 USA
2.5–5.0% MOBILE
1.5 Australia
1.0 UK
Malaysia Italy
0.5 Brazil Turkey
Poland Spain France
India China Romania
0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45 50 55
Fixed (GB per pop per month)
Source: Analysys Mason

The countries with high fixed and mobile usage all have highly advanced fixed and mobile networks, but those countries with either very
high or very low proportionate mobile usage are a mixed group. Mobile data traffic exceeds 10% of total Internet traffic in only three of these
countries – India, Japan and Malaysia. In China, France and Romania, mobile data’s share remains less than 2.5%.1 The high mobile usage
in the Nordic region (particularly Finland and Sweden) and, to a lesser extent, in Australia and Russia is mainly caused by high usage of
substitutive mobile (or LTE fixed wireless) broadband. This is less common in other developed economies.

1 For the sake of simplicity, we have assumed all mobile data traffic is Internet traffic, although a small proportion is not. However, the fixed figure excludes managed IP and multicast TV.

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The largest VoD services have a dramatic effect on usage levels

Many new services, platforms and devices enable on-demand TV- Figure 22: Video’s share of IP data traffic, by device type, worldwide, 2014–2020
based viewing of TV content and films via broadband. These
services are the main new drivers of traffic, and they are 100%
supplanting in terms of traffic the longer-established free video-

Percentage of traffic
hosting services such as Youku or YouTube (although some are, in
60% TVs
effect, commercial developments of these platforms). These new
services have different business models compared with longer- Mobile devices
established services and their fit with local and regional PCs and other
circumstances, as well as the popularity of the content in 20%
individual markets, will define their impact on traffic.
New SVoD OTT services: for example, Netflix, LeTV, iQiyi (Baidu). 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Netflix accounts for some 20–35% of total traffic in markets Source: Analysys Mason
where it has launched. Proprietary SVoD OTT services include
HBO, NOW TV (Sky), Horizon (UPC). Cloud TV is usually thought of as unicast (VoD) OTT, but there is
Catch-up FTA platforms and services such as YouView (UK FTA growing interest in linear OTT services. Some content types are
distributed mainly via ISPs). The impact on traffic of these of greater value live (such as sport, one-off events, news), and
platforms and of the services they support primarily depends some viewers do not want on-demand. For traditional
on the share of TV viewing that their broadcast counterparts broadcasters, this represents another way to extend the reach
enjoy. For example, in the UK, BBC iPlayer commands a higher of their content, and it may also be a way to deliver less popular
share of traffic than RTE Player in Ireland. channels on cable and free up capacity for DOCSIS broadband.

SVoD services using channels other than broadband. BBC It is difficult to come to a clear view of video share of traffic
iPlayer on Virgin Media, for example, uses a different portion of because of the variety of format types available (including non-
cable spectrum from DOCSIS broadband. We count this as real-time downloads). However, we assume that it will rise in
managed IP, not Internet, traffic. developed markets from 61% in 2015 to 83% by 2020.

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About the author

Rupert Wood (Principal Analyst) is lead analyst for Analysys Mason’s Fixed Networks and Wireless Networks research programmes. His
primary areas of specialisation include next-generation networks, long-term industry strategy and forecasting the dynamics of convergence and
substitution across fixed and mobile platforms. Rupert regularly contributes to the international press on a wide range of telecoms subjects and
has been quoted by The Times, The Economist, Business Week, Telecommunications Online and La Tribune. Rupert has a PhD from the
University of Cambridge, where he was a Lecturer before joining Analysys Mason.

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