United Kingdom (UK) Telecom Operators Country Intelligence Report

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United Kingdom (UK) Telecom Operators Country Intelligence Report Overview

The total telecom and pay-TV service revenue in the UK was valued at $49.3 billion in 2022. The market is expected to increase at a CAGR of 2% during the forecast period, 2022-2027. This growth will be driven by the National Broadband Network & Wireless Strategy program aimed at extending coverage of fiber-optic networks, use of satellite technology for connecting remote areas, and expansion of 5G network infrastructure in the country.

UK Telecom Services Market Outlook, 2022-2027 ($Billion)

UK Telecom Services Market Outlook, 2022-2027 ($Billion)

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The UK telecom operator’s country intelligence report provides an executive-level overview of the telecom services market in the UK today, with detailed forecasts of key indicators up to 2027. Published annually, the report provides a detailed analysis of the near-term opportunities, competitive dynamics, and evolution of demand by service type and technology/platform across the fixed telephony, broadband, mobile, and pay-TV markets, as well as a review of key regulatory trends.

Market Size 2022 $49.3 billion
CAGR 2%
Forecast Period 2022-2027
Telecom Service Segment Mobile Services, Fixed voice services, Fixed-Broadband Services and Pay-TV services
Leading Companies BT/EE, Tesco Mobile, Virgin Media O2, TalkTalk, Vodafone UK, Sky UK, 3UK

UK Telecom Services Market Regulatory Highlights

In February 2023, Ofcom outlined four “key expectations” for telcos that switch off their 2G and 3G networks.

UK Telecom Services Market Analysis by Service

  • Mobile services
  • Fixed services
  • Pay-TV services

UK Telecom Services Market Share by Service, 2022 (%)

UK Telecom Services Market Share by Service, 2022 (%)

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Mobile Services Market in UK – Deep Dive

Smartphone subscriptions will grow during the 2022-2027 period, supported by flexible payment and upgrade plans for smartphones and data bundles promoted by telcos.

The UK telecom services market research report offers mobile services segment coverage on the following KPIs:

  • Subscription & User Analysis
  • Subscription Analysis by Device Type, Payment Type, and Technology Type
  • Churn Analysis
  • Voice & Data Usage Analysis
  • Mobile Subscription Market Share Analysis
  • Revenue Analysis & ARPU Analysis

Fixed Services Market in the UK – Deep Dive

The availability of fiber broadband connectivity, expected from operators and government projects to advance gigabit connectivity nationwide, will lead to increased uptake of fixed broadband services and, consequently, fixed broadband revenues.

The UK telecom services market research report offers fixed services segment coverage on the following KPIs:

  • Fixed Voice & Fixed Broadband Penetration Analysis
  • Subscription Trends Analysis by Access Lines
  • Subscription Analysis by Technology
  • Fixed Subscription Market Share Analysis
  • Revenue Analysis & ARPU Analysis

Pay-TV Services Market in the UK – Deep Dive

Pay-TV household penetration will increase during the 2022-2027 period, driven by IPTV operators enriching programs and telcos bundling pay-TV services with their mobile or fixed plans alongside fiber expansions to make IPTV more widespread.

The UK telecom services market research report offers pay-TV services segment coverage on the following KPIs:

  • Pay-TV Household Penetration Analysis
  • Subscription Analysis by Technology Type
  • Pay-TV Subscription Market Share Analysis
  • Revenue Analysis & ARPU Analysis

UK Telecom Services Market - Competitive Landscape

Virgin Media O2 will strengthen its market position in the mobile service market as it focuses on 5G expansion, 4G network upgrades, and implementation of network convergence. Sky UK led the pay-TV market in 2022 and will keep its market position due to a wide spectrum of show offerings and securing the right to broadcast sports events.

Leading Telecom Companies in the UK

  • BT/EE
  • Tesco Mobile
  • Virgin Media o2
  • TalkTalk
  • Vodafone UK
  • Sky UK
  • 3UK

UK Telecom Services Market Share by Companies, 2022 (%)

UK Telecom Services Market Share by Companies, 2022 (%)

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Scope

The country intelligence report provides an in-depth analysis of the following –

  • The demographic and macroeconomic context in UK.
  • The regulatory environment and trends: a review of the regulatory setting and agenda for the next 18-24 months as well as relevant developments pertaining to spectrum licensing, national broadband plans, tariff regulation, and more.
  • Telecom and pay-TV services market outlook: analysis as well as historical figures and forecasts of service revenue from the fixed telephony, broadband, mobile voice, mobile data, and pay-TV markets.
  • The competitive landscape: an examination of the positioning of leading players in the telecom and pay-TV services market as well as subscription market shares across segments.
  • Company snapshots: analysis of the financial position of leading service providers in the telecommunications and pay-TV markets.
  • Underlying assumptions behind our published base-case forecasts, as well as potential market developments that would alter, either positively or negatively, our base-case outlook.

Reasons to Buy

  • This country intelligence report offers a thorough, forward-looking analysis of the UK’s telecommunications markets, service providers, and key opportunities in a concise format to help executives build proactive and profitable growth strategies.
  • Accompanying GlobalData’s Forecast products, the report examines the assumptions and drivers behind ongoing and upcoming trends in the UK’s mobile communications, fixed telephony, broadband markets, including the evolution of service provider market shares.
  • With more than 20 charts and tables, the report is designed for an executive-level audience, boasting presentation quality.
  • The report provides an easily digestible market assessment for decision-makers built around in-depth information gathered from local market players, which enables executives to quickly get up to speed with the current and emerging trends in the UK’s telecommunications markets.
  • The broad perspective of the report coupled with comprehensive, actionable detail will help operators, equipment vendors, and other telecom industry players succeed in the challenging telecommunications market in UK.

BT/EE
Vodafone
Talk Talk
Sky
Three UK
Virgin Media O2 UK

Table of Contents

Market highlights

Key takeaways, telecom services revenue outlook, revenue CAGR by service type, 2023 service penetration

Demographic, macroeconomic, and regulatory context

Population, nominal GDP, PPP-adjusted GDP per capita, real GDP growth, consumer price inflation, exchange rates

Regulatory context

Regulatory highlights, National Broadband Network, Spectrum Updates

Telecom market outlook

Total telecom and Pay-TV services revenue by category, 2021-2027

Evolution of total telecom and pay-TV services revenue, 2021-2027

Mobile services market

Mobile service penetration and subscription trends

Mobile subscription and user penetration, 2021-2027

Total mobile suscriptions, 2021-2027

Device adoption trends

Mobile subscriptions by device type, 2021-2027

Handset subscriptions by type, 2021-2027

Payment types and technology trends

Mobile subscriptions by payment type

Mobile subscriptions by technology generation, 2021-2027

Churn and usage trends

Churn, voice usage, data usage

Market share trends

Subscription market shares, 2022

Pre-/postpaid market shares, 2022

MVNO subscription market share, 2022

Fixed services market

Fixed service penetration and subscription trends

Voice telephony and fixed broadband penetration, 2021-2027

Total voice telephony and fixed broadband access lines, 2021-2027

Fixed service penetration and subscription trends

Voice telephony lines by technology, 2021-2027

Broadband lines by technology, 2021-2027

Market share trends

Fixed voice telephony access line market shares, 2022

Fixed broadband access lines market shares, 2022

Fixed service revenue trends

Total fixed service revenue by service category, 2021-2027

Fixed services ARPU by service category, 2021-2027

Pay-TV services market

Penetration and subscription trends

TV and pay-TV household penetration, 2021-2027

Total pay-TV subscriptions by type, 2021-2027

Market share trends

Total pay-TV subscription market shares, 2022

Service revenue trends

Total pay-TV service revenue, 2021-2027

Pay-TV services ARPU by type, 2021-2027

Competitive landscape and company snapshots

Product portfolios and positioning, market share overview

Company snapshots (BT/EE, Virgin Media O2 UK, Vodafone UK, Sky UK, Three UK)

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