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December 11, 2013

2016 UK Broadband estimates dropped by 8%

There will be around 2 million fewer homes with fixed line broadband connections by the end of 2016 according to updated estimates by broadband research company, Point-Topic.

Point-Topic have updated their estimates as to how many fixed line broadband connections they expect there to be by the end of 2016 and dropped the figure by 8%. Originally they has estimated just short of 26 million homes, however this recent study now suggests that it will be closer to 23.88 million. The reason for the drop in estimates is because those who currently do not have broadband are a harder market to get them to take up the service if they already don’t have it, the majority of people who want or will take it already have done, persuading the remaining users who don’t have broadband to switch to it or to even take it up is a much harder task.

What is perhaps slightly more interesting is the estimate number of fibre broadband (FTTx) lines is actually 12% lower than originally estimated. Point Topic now thinks there will be 9.4 million fibre optic lines by the end of 2016.

The belief is that by 2020 there will be 20 million FTTx subscribers and more than 23 million superfast households in the UK.

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