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Research and Markets: United Kingdom: The UK Pay-TV Market, to Reach 68% Household Penetration by Year-End 2018

Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/krh838/united_kingdom) has announced the addition of the "United Kingdom: Investments in LTE and Fiber Broadband Networks Will Help Keep Revenue Stable" report to their offering.

The United Kingdom is the largest communications market in Western Europe, boasting service revenue of about US$60bn in 2013. Through 2018, however, only Italy will grow at a slower rate in the region, which is in part due to the UK's delayed adoption of new technologies, such as LTE and fiber. All four large operators are now offering 4G services commercially, with Three being the last to join the LTE crowd in December 2013. Moving forward, expansion of 4G and Wi-Fi networks presents a significant opportunity for equipment vendors. Network upgrades and skyrocketing smartphone and tablet penetration rates were the primary drivers of the increased mobile data usage in 2013, the single largest contributor to overall market growth during the year. This trend will intensify in 2014 as more users adopt LTE.

The author expects future differentiation to be driven by value-added services such as Vodafone's planned NFC-based mobile wallet service, a larger variety of MVNO-driven offerings and converged fixed-mobile offerings. Indeed, converged services will become the norm in the UK communications market in the next couple of years, and those players that will be unable to offer such services will find themselves at a serious disadvantage. The main driver of the expansion on the fixed side will be adoption of fiber-based services, with FTTx access lines expected to grow from the current 0.2% of all fixed lines to 11% in 2018, benefiting BT most significantly.

Companies Mentioned:

- British Telecom

- O2

- Telefonica

- Virgin Media

- BSkyB

- Sky

- Everything Everywhere

- Vodafone

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