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Fixed network data traffic: worldwide trends and forecasts 2019–2025

Rupert Wood Research Director
Jakub Konieczny Research Analyst

"Traffic levels and video bandwidth requirements tell us remarkably little about the real drivers of FTTP roll-out and take-up."

Demand for fixed broadband worldwide remains very strong, but it is less clear what drives demand once FTTP becomes the norm. This report is our annual update of fixed data traffic trends and 5-year forecasts, and this year we take a look at longer-term trends.

This report provides:

  • 5-year forecasts of fixed data traffic for 8 global regions and 28 selected countries
  • analysis of the key trends in, and drivers and inhibitors of, data traffic.

Geographical coverage

The report provides forecasts for the following eight geographical regions.

  • Central and Eastern Europe (CEE)
  • Developed Asia–Pacific (DVAP)
  • Emerging Asia–Pacific (EMAP)
 
  • Latin America (LATAM)
  • Middle East and North Africa (MENA)
  • North America (NA)
 
  • Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA)
  • Western Europe (WE)

The report provides forecasts for the following 28 countries.

  • Australia
  • Brazil
  • China
  • France
  • Finland
  • Germany
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Ireland
 
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Malaysia
  • New Zealand
  • Oman
  • Poland
  • Qatar
  • Romania
  • Russia
 
  • Saudi Arabia
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Turkey
  • UAE
  • UK
  • USA

Key metrics

  • Overall national and per broadband (BB) subscriber data, year total and year end
  • Internet, managed IP, multicast data
  • Next-generation access (NGA) and non-NGA split
  • Median usage
 
  • Fixed–mobile traffic ratios
  • Asymmetry ratios
  • Internet bandwidth per subscriber, average and busy hour
  • Global split by device (TV, smartphone, PC/other).