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Fixed network data traffic: worldwide trends and forecasts 2020–2026

06 August 2021 | Research

Rupert Wood Jakub Konieczny

Forecast report | PPTX and PDF (10 slides); Excel | Fixed Broadband Services| Fibre Infrastructure Strategies

"During 2020 and 2021, the world has stopped going mobile, and the position and relevance of wireline has been cemented."


Fixed data traffic grew by 42% worldwide in 2020, which is substantially higher growth than we were forecasting before the COVID-19 pandemic. For the first time, traffic on fixed networks grew faster than on mobile in about half of all countries modelled. This report is our annual update of fixed data traffic trends and 5-year forecasts.

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

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