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Bhutan - Telecoms, Mobile and Internet Product Image

Bhutan - Telecoms, Mobile and Internet

  • Published: September 2013
  • Region: Bhutan
  • 27 Pages
  • Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd

Mobile internet subscriptions are proving to be a booming market in BhutanIn less than seven years Bhutan has moved from having no mobile phones to claiming more than 70% mobile penetration. Over this period the annual growth in mobile subscribers has reached in excess of 100%. Most significantly the mobile networks have provided a major boost to internet access in the country, largely on the back of EDGE/GPRS and 3G technology platforms. It was not always like this. Bhutan had been isolated from the rest of the world for a long time – both generally, and particularly in terms of its telecommunications. Its mountainous landscape made it especially difficult to build the necessary telecoms infrastructure. Back in 1974, Bhutan and India formally agreed to the introduction of trunk calls between the two countries. However, in a remarkable contrast with the rest of the world, it was not until 1999 that the country saw television stations, satellite dishes and internet services for the first time.

Between 1996 and 2001, Bhutan invested substantially in telecommunications infrastructure. The tiny country has quickly developed a modern, fully digital fixed-line network, which READ MORE >

1. Executive summary
2. Key statistics
3. Country overview
3.1 Background
3.2 Economy
4. Telecommunications market
4.1 Overview of Bhutan’s telecom market
5. Regulatory environment
5.1 Bhutan Telecommunications Act 1999
5.2 Bhutan Information Communications and Media (BICM) Act 2006
5.3 Licensing
6. Fixed network operator in Bhutan
6.1 Bhutan Telecom
7. Telecommunications infrastructure
7.1 National telecom network
7.1.1 Overview
7.1.2 Fixed-line statistics
7.1.3 Universal Service Fund (USF)
7.1.4 Rural communications programs
7.1.5 Very Small Aperture Terminals (VSATs)
7.1.6 E-Shabtog
7.1.7 National optical fibre network
7.1.8 Remote communities
7.2 International infrastructure
8. Internet market
8.1 Overview
8.1.1 Internet and broadband statistics
8.1.2 Government online
8.2 ISP market
8.2.1 DrukNet
8.2.2 Samden Tech
9. Mobile communications
9.1 Overview of Bhutan’s mobile market
9.1.1 Mobile statistics
9.2 Regulatory issues
9.2.1 Second mobile licence
9.3 Major mobile operators
9.3.1 B-Mobile
9.3.2 Tashi InfoComm
9.4 Third Generation (3G) mobile
10. Related reports
Table 1 – Country statistics Bhutan – 2013
Table 2 – Telecom revenue and investment statistics – 2011
Table 3 – Telephone network statistics – 2012
Table 4 – Internet user statistics – June 2013
Table 5 – Broadband statistics – June 2013
Table 6 – Mobile statistics – June 2013
Table 7 – National telecommunications authorities
Table 8 – Bhutan’s GDP real growth rate – 2006 - 2014
Table 9 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 1995 - 2013
Table 10 – Internet users and penetration rate – 1999 - 2013
Table 11 – Fixed internet subscribers – 2003 - 2013
Table 12 – Total internet subscribers – 2003 - 2013
Table 13 – Dial-up internet subscribers – 2001 – 2008; 2010 - 2012
Table 14 – Fixed broadband internet subscribers – 2008 - 2013
Table 15 – DSL broadband internet subscribers – 2008 - 2013
Table 16 – Internet subscribers by type of access – 2008; 2011 - 2013
Table 17 – Mobile broadband subscribers – 2009 - 2012
Table 18 – International internet bandwidth – 2000 - 2013
Table 19 – Percentage of households with a computer – 2002 - 2013
Table 20 – Mobile subscribers, annual change and penetration – 2003 - 2013
Table 21 – Mobile operators, subscribers and annual change – June 2013
Table 22 – Total mobile subscribers and market share by operator – June 2013
Table 23 – B-Mobile’s subscribers – 2003 - 2013
Table 24 – Tashi’s mobile subscribers – 2010 - 2012
Table 25 – B-Mobile’s 3G subscribers – 2008 - 2013
Chart 1 - Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 2000-2013
Chart 2 - Internet users and penetration rate - 2000-2013
Chart 3 - Mobile subscribers, annual change and penetration - 2003-2013
Chart 4 - Market share by operator – June 2013
Exhibit 1 – Level of competition by market segment
Exhibit 2 – Licences issued by service category – 2012
Exhibit 3 – List of licensed ISPs – 2012

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