Macau boasts a sophisticated, independently regulated communications market due to Macau's status as a Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People's Republic of China following its handover from Portugal. Gradual liberalisation has now fully opened the telecoms market with the full impact slowly becoming evident. Demand for telecom services is significantly driven by the millions of visitors that visit the tiny enclave every year.
The territory of Macau has a fully integrated telecom network which compares well with the best in Asia.
Macau is ranked 3rd out of 34 with an Asian Telecoms Maturity Index score of 86. (The Asian Telecoms Maturity Index, is an index (on a scale between 0 and 100) that measures and ranks the relative maturity of the telecoms industry in all of the 34 countries in Asia.) This also ranks Macau as 3rd in the Market Leaders category, behind South Korea and Hong Kong.
Compared to other Asian nations, Macau has an extremely high mobile and mobile broadband penetration and very high fixed broadband penetration.
Fixed line subscriptions in Macau continue to fall. Macau's fixed-line market is transitioning to a fibre broadband market as CTM invests significantly in fibre access networks, a project made possible given Macau's high population density.
Fixed-line broadband market penetration has grown slowly over the past five years in a highly mature market. Over the next five years to 2022 growth is expected to further subside, as the remainder of the ADSL customers are predicted to migrate to fibre access.
Competition is intense in Macau's mobile market, with four mobile network operators and a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) offering services. All four operators offer 4G LTE services.
Mobile subscriber and mobile penetration rates are high due to the in excess of 20 million visitors that visit Macau annually as well as the usage of multiple sim cards by mobile subscribers. Mobile broadband has presented mobile operators with an additional revenue growth opportunity, driving investment in 4G LTE and 5G networks.
Recognising the potential of applying ICT to improve both social and economic development, Macau has taken steps to develop a digital economy, made possible due to widespread proliferation of broadband services, with the quality of services expected to improve following deployment of 5G services.
- Fibre is cannibalising Macau's largely ADSL-based broadband subscriber base.
- Market liberalisation and network coverage targets on new entrants is driving fibre investment.
- Macau has taken steps to develop a digital economy, made possible due to widespread proliferation of broadband services.
- HKT jointly launched the first service offering international end-to-end VoLTE between Hong Kong and Macau in partnership with CTM.
1. Executive summary
2. Key statistics
3. Country overview
3.2 Macau's economy
4. Telecommunications market
4.1 Market Overview and Analysis
4.2 Regional Asian Market Comparison
5. Regulatory environment
5.1 Historical overview
5.2 Regulatory authority
5.3 Liberalisation and regulatory developments
6. Fixed Network Operators
6.1 Compahnia de Telecomunicações de Macau (CTM)
7. Telecommunications infrastructure
7.1 Overview of the national telecom network
7.2 International infrastructure
8. Fixed-line broadband market
8.1 Market Overview
8.2 Broadband statistics and Forecasts
8.3 Fixed-line broadband technologies
8.3.1 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
8.3.2 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) and Fibre-To-The-Home (FttH)
8.3.3 Other fixed broadband services
9. Mobile market
9.2 Mobile Statistics and Forecasts
9.3 Mobile Broadband Statistics
9.4 Mobile Regulatory issues
9.4.1 CDMA licences awarded
9.4.2 3G licences
9.4.3 LTE licensing
10. Mobile infrastructure
10.1 Analogue networks
10.2 Digital networks
10.2.3 4G LTE
11. Major Mobile Operators
11.1 Operator Statistics
11.3 3 Macau (Hutchison Telecom Macau)
11.4 SmarTone Mobile Communications (Macau) Ltd
11.5 China Telecom
12. Mobile content and applications
12.2 m-banking (payments/loans)
13. Digital economy
13.4 Smart Cities
14. Digital Media
14.1 MCTV (Macau Cable TV) conflict
14.2 Macau Basic Television Channels Limited
14.3 Satellite TV
15. Related reports
List of Tables
Table 1 Country statistics Macau 2017
Table 2 Telephone network statistics 2017 (e)
Table 3 Internet user statistics 2017 (e)
Table 4 Broadband statistics 2017 (e)
Table 5 Mobile statistics 2017 (e)
Table 6 National telecommunications authorities
Table 7 GDP real growth rate 2008 - 2017
Table 8 Key Metrics - Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) - 2017 - 2022
Table 9 Number of licensed operators by service 2017
Table 10 Historic - CTM mobile, fixed-line and broadband subscribers and ARPU: 2007 - 2012
Table 11 Fixed Line Subscriptions and Penetration 2007 - 2017
Table 12 Fixed-line subscribers residential v. business 2010 - 2017
Table 13 Historic Fixed-lines and teledensity 1985 - 2008
Table 14 Fixed Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) 2007 - 2022
Table 16 Internet Users and Penetration 2007 - 2017
Table 17 Internet Users and Penetration 2007 - 2017
Table 18 Historic - Internet users and penetration rate 1994 - 2006
Table 19 International internet bandwidth 2007 - 2017
Table 20 WiFi Hotspots 2008 - 2017
Table 21 Mobile Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) 2007 - 2022
Table 22 Mobile Subscribers by category Nov 2017
Table 23 Historic - Mobile subscribers total and prepaid and penetration rate 1990 - 2007
Table 24 Mobile Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) 2007 - 2022
Table 25 Mobile subscribers by Mobile Operator and Market Share 2017
Table 26 CTM's mobile subscribers 2005 - 2017
Table 27 Historic - Online activities by individuals 2015
Table 28 Historic - Broadcasting statistical overview 2013
List of Charts
Chart 1 Mobile, Mobile Broadband & Fixed Broadband Penetration 2017; 2022
Chart 2 Asian Telecoms Maturity Index by Market Category
Chart 3 Asian Telecoms Maturity Index Northern Asia
Chart 4 Asian Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per Capita
Chart 5 Fixed Broadband vs Mobile Penetration - Northern Asia (selected countries)
Chart 6 Fixed Line Subscriptions and Penetration 2007 - 2017
Chart 7 Fixed Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) 2007 - 2022
Chart 8 Mobile Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) 2007 - 2022
Chart 9 Mobile Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) 2007 - 2022
List of Exhibits
Exhibit 1 Map of Macau
Exhibit 2 Key Market Characteristics by Market Segment
Exhibit 3 Northern Asia - Key Characteristics of Telecoms Markets by Country