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Taiwan - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Forecasts - Product Image

Taiwan - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Forecasts

  • Published: November 2013
  • Region: Taiwan
  • 93 Pages
  • Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd

This report provides a comprehensive overview of the trends and developments in telecommunications and digital media markets in Taiwan. Subjects covered include:

- Key Statistics
- Markets, Industry Overviews and Analysis
- Regulatory Environment
- Major Telecom Operators (Mobile, Fixed, Broadband)
- Infrastructure, including NBN strategy
- Mobile Voice and Data Markets
- Scenario Forecasts (key market parameters);
- Internet, VoIP, IPTV
- Broadband (DSL, cable, FttX, wireless)
- Digital Media

Researcher: Peter Evans

Note: This report has had a broad update/revision of statistics based on statistical information available as of October 2013; fresh information has also been added on the LTE/4G auction process at that stage.

1. Key Statistics
1.1 Country overview
1.1.1 Background
1.1.2 Taiwan's economy

2. Telecommunications Market
2.1 Overview of Taiwan's telecom market
2.2 Background of Taiwan's telecom market
2.3 Telecommunications market sectors
2.3.1 Fixed-line and mobile phone statistics
2.3.2 Telecom revenue by service
2.3.3 Data communications revenue
2.3.4 Fixed, mobile, internet and broadband subscriber comparison

3. Regulatory Environment
3.1 Regulatory authorities
3.2 Legislation and market liberalisation
3.3 The 1996 Telecom Bill
3.4 Ministry of Transport and Communications (MOTC)
3.5 National Communications Commission (NCC)
3.6 Privatisation of Chunghwa Telecom
3.7 Foreign investment
3.8 Licensing
3.9 Foreign equipment restrictions
3.10 Telecoms tariffs
3.11 Amendments to the Radio and Television act
3.11.1 Digital Convergence Policy Initiative
3.11.2 Restructure of telecoms and broadcasting markets
3.11.3 Further policies to promote digital convergence
3.12 National Information and Communication Initiative (NICI)
3.13 International rankings

4. Fixed Network Market
4.1 Market overview
4.2 Fixed network operators' market share

5. Major Operators
5.1 Chunghwa Telecom Co Ltd (CHT)
5.1.1 CHT – background
5.1.2 CHT – financials
5.1.3 CHT – revenue breakdown
5.1.4 CHT – subscriber base
5.1.5 CHT – investments
5.1.6 CHT – market share by segment
5.1.7 CHT – mobile network - overview
5.1.8 CHT – mobile network – 3G
5.1.9 CHT – broadband – HiNet
5.1.10 CHT – broadband – FttX
5.1.11 CHT – broadband – Movies-on-Demand (MOD)
5.2 Far EasTern Telecommunications Group
5.2.1 Far EasTone – background
5.2.2 Far EasTone – financials
5.2.3 Far EasTone – subscribers
5.2.4 KG Telecom
5.2.5 New Century InfoComm Tech Co Ltd (Sparq)
5.3 Taiwan Mobile (formerly Taiwan Cellular)
5.3.1 Taiwan Mobile – background
5.3.2 Taiwan Mobile – financials
5.3.3 Taiwan Mobile – subscribers
5.3.4 Taiwan Fixed Network Telecom
5.4 Asia Pacific Broadband Wireless (APBW)
5.5 VIBO Telecom
5.6 Major cable TV players
5.6.1 kbro (previously Eastern Multimedia Group (EMG))
5.6.2 Taiwan Broadband Communications
5.6.3 China Network Systems (previously United Communications Group)

6. Telecommunications Infrastructure
6.1 Submarine cable networks
6.2 Satellite networks
6.3 Smart Grids

7. Internet Market
7.1 Overview of the internet market
7.1.1 ISP market
7.2 Internet statistics
7.2.1 Internet users and subscribers
7.2.2 Internet bandwidth capacity
7.2.3 Internet hosts

8. Broadband Market
8.1 Overview of Taiwan's broadband market
8.2 Broadband statistics
8.2.1 Fixed-line broadband market development
8.2.2 Fixed-line broadband market by access type
8.2.3 Fixed-line and mobile broadband subscriber statistics
8.2.4 Fixed-line broadband speeds
8.3 Government initiatives for broadband and m-Taiwan
8.4 Broadband technologies
8.4.1 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL)
8.4.2 Cable modems
8.4.3 Fibre-to-the-Home (FttH)
8.4.4 Chunghwa telecom broadband statistics
8.4.5 FttX and Taipei City government
8.5 WiFi
8.6 WiMAX
8.6.1 Background
8.6.2 WiMAX in Taiwan – licensing
8.6.3 WiMAX in Taiwan – network rollouts
8.6.4 WiMAX roaming
8.6.5 WiMAX subscribers and revenue
8.7 E-government

9. Digital Media / Digital Economy
9.1 Overview of broadcasting market
9.1.1 Television
9.1.2 Digital terrestrial services
9.1.3 Cable TV

10. Mobile Communications
10.1 Overview of Taiwan's mobile market
10.2 Mobile statistics
10.2.1 Mobile sector revenues
10.2.2 Mobile subscriber statistics
10.2.3 Mobile ARPU
10.2.4 3G mobile subscriber statistics
10.3 Major mobile operators
10.3.1 Mobile operator comparison
10.3.2 Net additions per mobile operator comparison
10.3.3 ARPU per mobile operator comparison
10.3.4 3G mobile operator comparison
10.4 Mobile services
10.4.1 Prepaid cards
10.4.2 SMS message volume, WAP and GPRS subscribers
10.4.3 Mobile internet
10.4.4 Mobile TV
10.4.5 Mobile value-added services
10.4.6 Mobile banking
10.4.7 NFC payments
10.5 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
10.6 Personal Handyphone Service (PHS)
10.7 Third Generation (3G) mobile
10.7.1 Background
10.7.2 3G roll out
10.8 Fourth Generation (4G) / Long-term Evolution (LTE)
10.8.1 Background
10.8.2 4G / LTE spectrum auction

11. Forecasts
11.1 Forecast fixed-line subscribers – 2012 (actual); 2013 and 2018
11.2 Forecast fixed broadband subscribers – 2012 (actual); 2013, 2018
11.3 Forecast total mobile subscribers – 2012 (actual); 2013, 2018
11.4 Forecast 3G mobile subscribers – 2012 (actual); 2013, 2018
11.5 Forecasting methodology

Table 1 – Country statistics – 2013
Table 2 – Telecom revenue and investment statistics – 2012
Table 3 – Telephone network statistics – June 2103
Table 4 – Internet user statistics – March 2013
Table 5 – Broadband statistics – June 2013
Table 6 – Mobile statistics – June 2013
Table 7 – National telecommunications authorities
Table 8 – Taiwan GDP and GDP per capita – 2000 - 2018
Table 9 – Taiwan telecoms service revenue – 1985; 1990; 1995; 2000; 2005 – 2011, 2012(e)
Table 10 – Taiwan – Fixed-line and mobile subscribers and penetration – 1995 - 2014
Table 11 – Taiwan - Call volumes for outgoing mobile and fixed network traffic – 1999 - 2012
Table 12 – Taiwan - Distribution of telecom revenue by services – 2012
Table 13 – Taiwan - Data communication revenue and mobile data service revenue as proportion of total telecom revenue – 2001 - 2012
Table 14 – Number of telecom subscribers per 100 inhabitants – 2001 – 2012
Table 15 – Fixed network operators – market share by revenue – 2012
Table 16 – Chunghwa Telecom fixed subscribers and market share – 2004 - 2012
Table 17 – Taiwan - Chunghwa Telecom revenue, capex, net profit – 2000 – 2012, 2013 (e)
Table 18 – Taiwan - Chunghwa Telecom revenue breakdown – 2003; 2006 - 2012
Table 19 – Taiwan - Chunghwa Telecom fixed line and mobile subscribers and market share – 2000 - 2012
Table 20 – Chunghwa Telecom's subscriber base – May 2013
Table 21 – Taiwan - Chunghwa Telecom market share by segment – December 2012
Table 22 – Taiwan - Chunghwa Telecom mobile subscribers and annual change – 1998 – 2013
Table 23 – Taiwan - Chunghwa Telecom's blended mobile ARPU – 2001 - 2013
Table 24 – Taiwan - Chunghwa Telecom internet HiNet subscribers – 2003 – 2012
Table 25 – Taiwan - Chunghwa Telecom internet ARPU in NT$ – 2001 - 2013
Table 26 – Taiwan - Chunghwa Telecom broadband network development by number of ports and coverage greater than 50Mb/s and 100Mbps – 2007 - 2016
Table 27 – Taiwan - Chunghwa Telecom broadband subscribers by access type – 2003 - 2013
Table 28 – Taiwan - Chunghwa Telecom broadband subscribers by connection speed – 2011 - 2012
Table 29 – Taiwan - Chunghwa Telecom MOD subscribers – 2005 – 2013
Table 30 – Taiwan - Far EasTone revenue, EBITDA, capex, net profit and ARPU – 2003 - 2013
Table 31 – Taiwan - Far EasTone mobile subscribers and annual change – 1998 - 2013
Table 32 – Taiwan - Far EasTone selected operational data – 2006 – 2012
Table 33 – KG Telecom mobile subscribers and annual change – 1998 – 2006
Table 34 – Taiwan – Taiwan Mobile revenue and net profit – 2003 – 2013
Table 35 – Taiwan - Taiwan Mobile revenue breakdown per business segment – 2012
Table 36 – Taiwan - Taiwan Mobile subscribers and annual change – 1998 – 2013
Table 37 – Taiwan - Taiwan Mobile selected operational data – 2006 - 2012
Table 38 – Taiwan - APBW mobile subscribers and annual change – 2003 - 2012
Table 39 – Taiwan - VIBO Telecom mobile subscribers and annual change – 2005 - 2013
Table 40 – Cable subscribers by major operator – 2005 - 2010
Table 41 – Taiwan - Internet users and subscribers – 1995 – 2014
Table 42 – Taiwan - Percentage of households with computer – 2003 - 2013
Table 43 – Taiwan - International internet bandwidth capacity – 2001 - 2013
Table 44 – Taiwan - Number of internet hosts – 2001 - 2010
Table 45 – Taiwan - Fixed-line broadband subscribers, penetration and proportion of internet subscribers – 2000 - 2014
Table 46 – Taiwan – Fixed broadband subscribers and households – March 2013
Table 47 – Taiwan - Broadband subscribers and annual change by access – December 2012
Table 48 – Taiwan - Fixed-line and wireless broadband subscribers by technology – 2003 – 2013
Table 49 – Taiwan - DSL subscribers – 2000 - 2014
Table 50 – Taiwan - Cable Modem subscribers – 2000 – 2014
Table 51 – Taiwan - Chunghwa Telecom broadband subscribers by technology and market share – 2001 - 2013
Table 52 – Taiwan - FttX subscribers – 2007 - 2014
Table 53 – Taiwan - Chunghwa Telecom HiNet subscriber and ARPU – 2004 - 2012
Table 54 – Taiwan 2.5GHz spectrum winners – 2007
Table 55 – Taiwan – WiMAX subscribers – 2011 - 2012
Table 56 – Taiwan – Wireless broadband subscribers – 2007 - 2012
Table 57 – Key broadcasting statistics – 2012
Table 58 –Cable TV subscribers – 2002 – 2013
Table 59 – Taiwan - Mobile services revenue – 1992 - 2012
Table 60 – Taiwan - Mobile subscribers and penetration – 1995 - 2014
Table 61 –Taiwan – Mobile subscriber growth by technology (PHS, 2G and 3G) – 2003 – 2013
Table 62 – 2G and 3G mobile services ARPU – 2005 - 2012
Table 63 – Taiwan - 3G mobile subscribers and market share – 2003 - 2014
Table 64 – Taiwan - Mobile operators, subscribers and annual change – December 2012
Table 65 – Taiwan - Mobile subscribers, net additions by operator – 1Q – 3Q 2012
Table 66 – Taiwan - Mobile subscribers, market share and ARPU by operator – September 2012
Table 67 – Taiwan - 3G mobile subscribers and market share – December 2012
Table 68 – Taiwan - Prepaid mobile subscribers – market share – 2001 - 2012
Table 69 – Taiwan - SMS message volume and revenue, WAP and GPRS subscribers – 2001 - 2012
Table 70 – Taiwan - Mobile internet subscribers – 2001 - 2012
Table 71 – Taiwan PHS subscriber growth – 2001 - 2013
Table 72 – Forecast fixed line subscribers and penetration - higher band: 2012 - 2013; 2018
Table 73 – Forecast fixed line subscribers and penetration - lower band: 2012 - 2013; 2018
Table 74 – Taiwan - Forecast fixed broadband subscribers and penetration - lower band: 2012 (actual), 2013; 2018
Table 75 – Taiwan - Forecast fixed broadband subscribers and penetration - lower band: 2012 (actual); 2013; 2018
Table 76 – Taiwan - Forecast mobile subscribers and penetration – higher band: 2012 - 2013; 2018
Table 77 – Taiwan - Forecast mobile subscribers and penetration – lower band: 2012 - 2013; 2018
Table 78 – Taiwan - Forecast 3G mobile subscribers and penetration – higher band: 2012 - 2013; 2018
Table 79 – Taiwan - Forecast 3G mobile subscribers and penetration - lower band: 2012 - 2013; 2018

Chart 1 – Taiwan fixed-line and mobile subscribers – 1995 - 2014
Chart 2 – Taiwan - Chunghwa Telecom fixed-line and mobile subscribers – 2000 - 2012
Chart 3 – Taiwan - Chunghwa Telecom 2G and 3G mobile subscribers – 1998 - 2013
Chart 4 – Taiwan - Internet users and penetration – 1995 - 2014
Chart 5 – Taiwan - Fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration – 2000 - 2014
Chart 6 – Taiwan - Fixed-line broadband subscribers by technology – 2003 - 2012
Chart 7 – Taiwan - Mobile subscribers and penetration – 1995 - 2014
Chart 8 – Taiwan - Mobile subscribers by technology (PHS, 2G, 3G) – 2003 - 2012
Chart 9 – Taiwan - 3G mobile subscribers and penetration – 2003 - 2014
Chart 10 – Taiwan - Mobile internet subscribers – 2001 - 2011

Exhibit 1 – Map of Taiwan
Exhibit 2 – Major global/regional submarine cables with landing point in Taiwan – 2013

‘Hot' Lte/4G Spectrum Auction Grabs Attention Ahead Of Licensing And Service Launch

Taiwan has one of the most advanced telecommunications networks in Asia. Increasing land and labour costs have forced Taiwan to concentrate on technology, and it is now a leading high-tech centre in Asia Pacific. With excellent telecommunications infrastructure in place and the innovative use of breakthrough information technologies, the country continues to be well placed to drive both mobile and data communications services. Annual telecommunications service revenues are around NT$400 billion (US$12.5 billion) and investment in telecoms infrastructure remains substantial.
The Taiwanese market has rapidly become a significant player in broadband internet access. Into 2013 the total broadband penetration had been lifted to over 100% when considering both fixed-line and mobile services. The proportion of the population who are internet users exceeds 75% and FttX connections have become the dominant form of access technology. Local operator CHT is leading the charge to offer 100Mb/s symmetrical broadband services to increasingly demanding subscribers.

3G subscribers account for 80% of the total mobile subscriber base and strong smartphone adoption is driving data revenues, which are now 35% of total telecom service revenues. The government has initiated the process for awarding 4G licences. The spectrum auction was taking place in late 2013 with a view to completing the licensing followed by the commercial launch of 4G services in 2014.

Market Highlights:

- Taiwan's mobile operators had signed up nearly 24 million 3G subscribers by mid-2013, accounting for 80% of all mobile subscribers;Smartphone adoption remains strong and is driving higher ARPU in the market place;
- Chunghwa Telecom's Optical Era Project will see investment of US$1.8 billion to construct an island-wide fibre-optic network over five years. Into 2013 the company had provided fibre access to 2.8 million residential and business subscribers. The company aims to have 97% of its broadband network capable of speeds over 100Mb/s by 2016;WiMAX uptake remains slow and the NCC continues to delay awarding covering;
- The Taiwanese government had commenced a program of investing NT$130 billion (US$4.3 billion) in smart power grid infrastructure;
- Analogue terrestrial television switch-off commenced in 2008 and was completed in 2012.

Taiwan – Key performance indicators – 2011 - 2013

Sector | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 (e) |

Broadband subscribers (million) |
Total | 5.5 | 5.6 | 5.7 |
FttX | 2.3 | 2.6 | 3.0 |
DSL | 2.1 | 1.8 | 1.6 |
Penetration of telecom services |
Fixed-line telephone subscriber penetration | 55% | 53% | 52% |
Mobile phone subscriber penetration | 124% | 126% | 128% |
3G market share of mobile base | 72% | 77% | 82% |

(Source: BuddeComm based on industry data)

Data in this report is the latest available at the time of preparation and may not be for the current year

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