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EU Broadband Exceeds 50 Million

Posted: 07th Oct, 2005 By: MarkJ
The latest report from Informa Telecoms & Media states that by the end of the second quarter (2005) the number of broadband subscribers in Europe had exceeded 50m. Interestingly 80% of these were xDSL based, with incumbent operators (e.g. BT) losing ground to rivals:

But while growth in the market remains steady, incumbents in Europe’s 10 major European markets saw their share of the retail DSL market drop towards the 50 percent mark.

In the year to the end of the June 2005, incumbents’ market share of the retail DSL market dropped from 64% to 57%. Over the same period the number of unbundled lines more than doubled from less than 2.5 million to over 6 million indicating a more favourable regulatory environment across Europe and a resulting increased willingness from alternative carriers to install equipment in the incumbent’s exchange.

The largest drop in market share was experienced by the Finnish operator TeliaSonera which saw its share of the retail DSL market drop 17 percent from 76% to 69%. Deutsche Telekom saw a similar reduction (12%) in its retail market share. France, where low wholesale DSL rates encouraged the competition up to two years ago, saw a smaller reduction in its market share. France Telecom’s retail market share dropped from 48% to 47%.
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