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Fibre-specialist ISPs are facing an increasingly difficult business environment

Stephen Wilson Principal Analyst, Research

"Fibre-specialist ISPs need more differentiation in their offers or continued survival may prove challenging."

In fixed broadband markets that are dominated by wholesale providers, a breed of specialist fibre ISPs has developed often promoting lean business models and low retail prices. Examples include MyRepublic in Singapore, Australia and New Zealand, and Bredband2 and Bahnhof in Sweden. However, such players face strong competition from existing ISPs, including incumbent operators and mobile network operators (MNOs) that are entering the fixed-line market. This comment examines the viability of specialist fibre ISPs and how they are faring in different markets. It is based on Analysys Mason's recently published report FTTx conversion: worldwide trends and forecasts 2017–2022.