Wireless & Mobile Landscape

U.S. Home Broadband and Wi-Fi Usage Forecast, 2016-2021: More homes, Wi-Fi… and data

Home broadband usage in the U.S. is growing, as U.S. consumers increasingly choose to watch a significant amount of their video content on the Internet using over-the-top video services, as well as engage in social networking, video chatting and other basic web activities on their home Wi-Fi networks. Home broadband usage is important to mobile operators and the mobile industry because it is a precursor to outside-the-home usage: if a user gets accustomed to streaming video and music over an in-home Wi-Fi network, then that user is likely to stream the same content when they step outside the home.

This market study estimates the amount of data used over home broadband connections in U.S. households. Additionally, the forecast divides the data usage into that provided by wired Ethernet or Wi-Fi, and it is also splits usage between video and non-video content. In addition to the five-year forecast, this market study discusses the home broadband usage behaviors of U.S. consumers, using results from iGR’s March 2017 survey of over 1,000 U.S. mobile consumers.


Key Questions Answered

  • What defines the home broadband usage of U.S. consumers in iGR’s survey? Specifically, what type of Internet connection, Wi-Fi, and devices do they use?
  • What activities do U.S. consumers engage in on their home broadband connection?
  • What are the video usage habits of U.S. consumers?
  • How many U.S. households have broadband Internet service? How is this adoption rate related to age, income and education level?
  • Which broadband technologies are being used and what connection speeds are being provided to U.S. households?
  • How much home broadband is used today by U.S. households, and how will this amount change over the five-year forecast period?
  • How does usage compare between four quartiles of households that range from low-usage households to high-usage households?
  • How much home broadband is driven by devices connected to a Wi-Fi network in U.S. households?
  • How many different Wi-Fi-enabled devices are typically used in a household?
  • How much home broadband is driven by video applications and non-video applications?

Who Should Read

  • Mobile operators
  • Cable MSOs and other fixed broadband providers
  • Device OEMs
  • Content providers and distributors
  • Financial analysts and investors.

Table of Contents

  • Abstract
  • Executive Summary
    • Home Broadband Forecast
  • Methodology
  • U.S. Consumer Home Broadband Usage and Devices
    • Home Internet Service
    • Home Wi-Fi Network
    • Devices Used in the Home
    • Online Activities at Home
  • U.S. Consumer Video Usage
    • Frequency
    • Locations
    • Sources
    • Preferred Method to View Video Content at Home
  • The Trend to Disconnect TV Service
    • Mobile Consumers without TV Service
    • Mobile Consumers with TV Service
  • U.S. Home Broadband Background Information
    • Number of Household Connections
    • Household Connections by Technology
    • Household Connections by Income
    • Household Connections by Education
    • Household Connections by Age
    • Household Connections by Speed
    • Trend Toward Higher Speeds
  • iGR Home Broadband Forecast Background Information
    • Data Amounts Associated with Online Activities
    • Quartiles
  • iGR Home Broadband Forecast
    • Number of Household Devices
    • Number of Household Connections
    • Speed of Broadband Connections
    • Speed of Broadband Connections as a Determinant of Quartiles
    • Quartile Descriptions
    • Forecast Assumptions and Drivers
    • Total Home Broadband Usage Estimate
  • iGR Home Broadband Wi-Fi Usage Forecast
    • Drivers and Assumptions
    • Wi-Fi Usage Forecast
  • iGR Home Broadband Video Usage Forecast
    • Drivers and Assumptions
    • Video Usage Forecast
  • Survey Demographics
    • Demographic Profile of U.S. Consumer Respondents
  • Definitions
    • General
    • Device Types
    • Services
    • Network Technology
  • About iGR
    • Disclaimer

List of Tables

  • Table 1: Internet Service at Home among U.S. Mobile Consumers
  • Table 2: Broadband Usage Among Survey Respondents, 2013 – 2017
  • Table 3: Speed of Internet Service at Home among U.S. Mobile Consumers
  • Table 4: Number of Wi-Fi Access Points at Home
  • Table 5: Version of Wi-Fi in Home
  • Table 6: Devices Used in the Home
  • Table 7: Types of TV Devices Used
  • Table 8: Internet TV Set-up
  • Table 9: Connected TV Devices Used
  • Table 10: Number of In-Home Devices
  • Table 11: Mobile Device Usage in the Home
  • Table 12: Locations of Automatic Wi-Fi Connection
  • Table 13: Online Activities While at Home
  • Table 14: Frequency of Online Activities While at Home
  • Table 15: Type of Connection for Online Activities While at Home
  • Table 16: Frequency of Watching Video Content
  • Table 17: Frequency for Different Types of Video Content
  • Table 18: Very Often and Often Frequency for Different Types of Video Content
  • Table 19: Locations for Watching Video Content among U.S. Mobile Consumers
  • Table 20: Source for Different Types of Video Content
  • Table 21: Percent of each Type of Video Content Viewed on an Internet App
  • Table 22: Preferred Sources for Video Content
  • Table 23: Disconnected Previous TV Service among U.S. Mobile Consumers
  • Table 24: Why Disconnected TV Service
  • Table 25: How Watch TV at Home without TV Service among U.S. Mobile Consumers
  • Table 26: Likelihood to Disconnect TV Service among U.S. Mobile Consumers
  • Table 27: Why Might Disconnect TV Service among U.S. Mobile Consumers
  • Table 28: Distribution of Fixed U.S. Residential Connections by Technology
  • Table 29: Distribution of Fixed U.S. Residential Connections by Income Decile
  • Table 30: Distribution of Fixed U.S. Residential Connections by Education Decile
  • Table 31: Distribution of Fixed U.S. Residential Connections by Age Decile
  • Table 32: Distribution of U.S. Fixed Residential Connections by Downstream Speed
  • Table 33: Devices per Household, 2016-2021
  • Table 34: Penetration U.S. Households with Broadband
  • Table 35: Actual Peak Download Speeds Compared to Advertised Rates by Provider
  • Table 36: Actual Peak Download Speeds Compared to Advertised Rates by Service Tiers
  • Table 37: FCC Data Rates by iGR Quartiles, 2016
  • Table 38: First Quartile
  • Table 39: Second Quartile
  • Table 40: Third Quartile
  • Table 41: Fourth Quartile
  • Table 42: Forecast of Household BW Usage by Quartile, 2016-2021
  • Table 43: Number of U.S. Household Connections per Quartile, 2016-2021
  • Table 44: Total U.S. HH Home Broadband Data Usage per Month by Quartile, 2016-2021 (PBs)
  • Table 45: Total U.S. HH Home Broadband Data Usage per Month by Quartile, 2016-2021 (Percentage)
  • Table 46: Wi-Fi as Percent of First Quartile HH’s Total Home Broadband Data Usage, 2016-2021
  • Table 47: Wi-Fi as Percent of Second Quartile HH’s Total Home Broadband Data Usage, 2016-2021
  • Table 48: Wi-Fi as Percent of Third Quartile HH’s Total Home Broadband Data Usage, 2016-2021
  • Table 49: Wi-Fi as Percent of Fourth Quartile HH’s Total Home Broadband Data Usage, 2016-2021
  • Table 50: Average Wi-Fi Usage as Percent of Average Total Home Broadband Data Usage, 2016-2021
  • Table 51: Video and Non-Video Percent of First Quartile HH Total Home Broadband Data Usage, 2016-2021
  • Table 52: Video and Non-Video Percent of Second Quartile HH Total Home Broadband Data Usage, 2016-2021
  • Table 53: Video and Non-Video Percent of Third Quartile HH Total Home Broadband Data Usage, 2016-2021
  • Table 54: Video and Non-Video Percent of Fourth Quartile HH Total Home Broadband Data Usage, 2016-2021
  • Table 55: Average Video Usage as Percent of Average Total Home Broadband Data Usage, 2016-2021
  • Table 56: Respondent Age
  • Table 57: Respondent Gender
  • Table 58: Respondent Ethnic Background
  • Table 59: Respondent Annual Household Income
  • Table 60: Respondent Level of Education
  • Table 61: Age of Children in Household
  • Table 62: Respondent Region
  • Table 63: Respondent Marital Status

List of Charts

  • Figure A: Forecast of Household BW Usage by Quartile, 2016-2021 (GB/Month/HH)
  • Figure B: Total U.S. HH Home Broadband Data Usage per Month by Quartile, 2016-2021 (PBs)
  • Figure C: Average Wi-Fi Usage as Portion of Average Total Home Broadband Data Usage, 2016-2021
  • Figure D: Average Video Usage as Portion of Average Total Home Broadband Data Usage, 2016-2021
  • Figure 1: Internet Service at Home among U.S. Mobile Consumers
  • Figure 2: Speed of Internet Service at Home among U.S. mobile consumers
  • Figure 3: Number of Wi-Fi Access Points at Home
  • Figure 4: Version of Wi-Fi in Home
  • Figure 5: Devices Used in the Home
  • Figure 6: Types of TV Devices Used
  • Figure 7: Internet TV Set-up
  • Figure 8: Connected TV Devices Used
  • Figure 9: Number of In-Home Devices
  • Figure 10: Mobile Device Usage in the Home
  • Figure 11: Locations of Automatic Wi-Fi Connection
  • Figure 12: Online Activities While at Home
  • Figure 13: Frequency of Online Activities While at Home
  • Figure 14: Type of Connection for Online Activities While at Home
  • Figure 15: Frequency of Watching Video Content
  • Figure 16: Frequency for Different Types of Video Content
  • Figure 17: Very Often and Often Frequency for Different Types of Video Content
  • Figure 18: Locations for Watching Video Content among U.S. Mobile Consumers
  • Figure 19: Source for Different Types of Video Content
  • Figure 20: Percent of each Type of Video Content Viewed on an Internet App
  • Figure 21: Preferred Sources for Video Content
  • Figure 22: Disconnected Previous TV Service among U.S. Mobile Consumers
  • Figure 23: Why Disconnected TV Service
  • Figure 24: How Watch TV at Home without TV Service among U.S. Mobile Consumers
  • Figure 25: Likelihood to Disconnect TV Service among U.S. Mobile Consumers
  • Figure 26: Why Might Disconnect TV Service among U.S. Mobile Consumers
  • Figure 27: Distribution of Fixed U.S. Residential Connections by Technology
  • Figure 28: Distribution of Fixed U.S. Residential Connections by Income Decile
  • Figure 29: Distribution of Fixed U.S. Residential Connections by Education Decile
  • Figure 30: Distribution of Fixed U.S. Residential Connections by Age Decile
  • Figure 31: Distribution of U.S. Fixed Residential Connections by Downstream Speed
  • Figure 32: Distribution of U.S. Fixed Residential Connections by Speed (Percentage)
  • Figure 33: Actual Download Speed (Mbps) 2011 – 2015
  • Figure 34: Devices per Household, 2016-2021
  • Figure 35: Forecast of Household BW Usage by Quartile
  • Figure 36: Number of U.S. Household Connections per Quartile, 2016-2021
  • Figure 37: Total U.S. HH Home Broadband Data Usage per Month by Quartile, 2016-2021 (PBs)
  • Figure 38: Total U.S. HH Home Broadband Data Usage per Month by Quartile, 2016-2021(Percentage)
  • Figure 39: Wi-Fi as Portion of First Quartile HH’s Total Home Broadband Data Usage, 2016-2021, (GB/month/HH)
  • Figure 40: Wi-Fi as Portion of Second Quartile HH’s Total Home Broadband Data Usage, 2016-2021, (GB/month/HH)
  • Figure 41: Wi-Fi as Portion of Third Quartile HH’s Total Home Broadband Data Usage, 2016-2021, (GB/month/HH)
  • Figure 42: Wi-Fi as Portion of Fourth Quartile HH’s Total Home Broadband Data Usage, 2016-2021, (GB/month/HH)
  • Figure 43: Average Wi-Fi Usage as Portion of Average Total Home Broadband Data Usage, 2016-2021
  • Figure 44: Video and Non-Video Home Broadband Data Usage for First Quartile HH, 2016-2021
  • Figure 45: Video and Non-Video Home Broadband Data Usage for Second Quartile HH, 2016-2021
  • Figure 46: Video and Non-Video Home Broadband Data Usage for Third Quartile HH, 2016-2021
  • Figure 47: Video and Non-Video Home Broadband Data Usage for Fourth Quartile HH, 2016-2021
  • Figure 48: Average Video Usage as Portion of Average Total Home Broadband Data Usage, 2016-2021
  • Figure 49: Respondent Age
  • Figure 50: Respondent Gender
  • Figure 51: Respondent Ethnic Background
  • Figure 52: Respondent Annual Household Income
  • Figure 53: Respondent Level of Education
  • Figure 54: Age of Children in Household
  • Figure 55: Respondent Region
  • Figure 56: Respondent Marital Status

For additional information on the U.S. Home Broadband & Wi-Fi Usage Forecast, 2016-2021 market study, please contact Iain Gillott at (512) 263-5682 or by email.