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Parks Associates: 22% of US Broadband Households Have a Service Speed of 100-999 Mbps
[April 17, 2019]

Parks Associates: 22% of US Broadband Households Have a Service Speed of 100-999 Mbps


DALLAS, April 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- New research from Parks Associates finds 22% of US broadband households have a service speed of 100-999 Mbps, the most common service tier, although 39% of US broadband households do not know their broadband speed. Modern Broadband: Competition and Retention at Gigabit Speeds notes only 6% of US broadband households have gigabit-speed services and interest in upgrading to that speed of service has declined over the past two years.

"Interest in gigabit speeds has declined, due partly to limited availability, but also as households prioritize cost over speed," said Craig Leslie, Senior Research Analyst, Parks Associates. "Of the US broadband households that switched services in the past year, 50% did so to get a better price, while 36% switched to get better speeds. Households are not seeing the benefits to speed upgrades, especially as providers have conditioned households to differentiate based on pricing."

The report notes that consumers show interest in gigabit speeds but that interest does not necessarily translate to adoption. Consumers are failing to see a compelling need for gigabit services, as few households require the performance levels of these services, so providers respond by positioning gigabit services as a premium service and part of gigabit-backed bundles that feature broadband, pay-TV, OTT services, and fixed phone components to appeal to the widest audiences.

"Gigabit service can be a retention tool, positioned as an end destination for consumers as their speed needs increase. A providers success might be better measured in terms of consumer interest and conversion to any service tier, than just on its gigabit bottom line," Leslie said. "As differentiation becomes even more difficult, providers will increasingly add new cloud-based services, such as network control, home security, and smart home applications, to give their subscribers maximum flexibility in finding the right service bundle for their needs."



Modern Broadband: Competition and Retention at Gigabit Speeds examines current competition in gigabit-speed services as well as operator strategies to retain subscribers in the face of such high-speed competition. It also analyzes broadband churn and cord cutting, as well as reasons and likelihood for each, and provides five-year forecasts for fixed-line broadband subscribers.

Additional research includes:


  • By the end of 2023, global broadband adoption will reach almost 1 billion households worldwide. Almost half (48%) of these will be in the Asia-Pacific regions.
  • US gigabit adoption will grow at 17% CAGR through 2023, with 13 million subscribers by the end of the period.

For information on Modern Broadband: Competition and Retention at Gigabit Speeds, contact sales@parksassociates.com. To schedule an interview with an analyst or to request specific research data, please contact Sherrelle Lewis at sherrelle.lewis@parksassociates.com, 972-996-0214.

About Parks Associates
Parks Associates is an internationally recognized market research and consulting company specializing in emerging consumer technology products and services. Founded in 1986, Parks Associates creates research capital for companies ranging from Fortune 500 to small start-ups through market reports, primary studies, consumer research, custom research, workshops, executive conferences, and annual service subscriptions.

The company's expertise includes digital media and platforms, entertainment and gaming, home networks, Internet and television services, digital health, mobile applications and services, support services, consumer apps, advanced advertising, consumer electronics, energy management, and home control systems and security.

Each year, Parks Associates hosts industry webcasts, the CONNECTIONS™ Conference Series, Connected Health Summit: Engaging Consumers, Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer, and Future of Video: OTT, Pay TV, and Digital Media. http://www.parksassociates.com

Contact:
Sherrelle Lewis
Parks Associates
972-996-0214
212898@email4pr.com

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