In 2017, about half of all fixed network lines globally supported voice. The other half (the growing half) consisted of internet access lines, according to International Telecommunications Union data.
|Fixed Network Lines, Voice and Broadband, Lines in Millions|
|Fixed broadband subscriptions|
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That illustrates one key facet of fixed network business models: increasingly, the fixed network is a platform for internet access, less so voice. The other trend is that more of the value of the fixed network is being generated by a range of data services including wholesale and retail lines, as well as services for enterprises.