This report provides a comprehensive overview of trends and developments in Taiwan's telecommunications market. The report analyses the Telecoms Infrastructure, mobile, fixed broadband, Digital Media and Digital Economy sectors.
- Market and industry analyses, trends and developments;
- Regional market comparisons
- Telecoms Maturity Index
- Industry and regulatory issues;
- Major players, revenues, subscribers, ARPU;
- Mobile voice and data markets;
- Broadband (FTTH, DSL);
- Internet of Things, 5G developmentsMobile, broadband and mobile broadband forecasts to 2023.
Taiwan has developed a dynamic telecommunications industry defined by excellent telecommunications infrastructure and a very competitive mobile market. Private investors are attracted to Taiwan due to its regulatory certainty, market maturity, an educated workforce and highly clustered ICT sector that sits at the heart of Taiwan’s economic development.
Recognising the ability to utilise ICT to improve both social and economic development, Taiwan has taken steps to develop a digital economy, encompassing digital media and e-services and building upon the high availability of fixed and mobile broadband networks.
Overall fixed line penetration decreased from 2012 to 2018. The market is predicted to gradually decline over the next five years to 2023. Fixed-line penetration is predicted to drop as mobile and mobile broadband penetration continue to increase.
Taiwan is implementing a strategy to leverage its strengths in cost-effective, advanced manufacturing to attain a significant share of the global IoT market. The government has included the technological development of IoT-enabled devices under its “5+2” industrial development plan.
Taiwan possesses an advanced fixed broadband market, with services accessible through a variety of technology platforms including DSL, fibre, Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC), leased lines and wireless. Fibre is the most popular platform and has underpinned Taiwan’s relatively high standing in global broadband rankings.
Fibre broadband growth in Taiwan is largely due to the migration of ADSL subscribers to fibre broadband access, attracted to the higher speeds on offer. Growth in overall fibre broadband subscriptions are expected to be subdued.
Market penetration in the fixed broadband subscriber market has remained flat over the past five years due to a declining number of fixed lines and the growing dominance of mobile broadband. Over the next five years to 2023 very slow growth is predicted.
Taiwan possesses a competitive mobile market comprised of six mobile network operators although the market is dominated by three players. High mobile penetration has resulted in intense competition to gain new subscribers hence the market was quick to embrace 4G LTE.
Taiwan’s mobile market is relatively developed compared to other Asian markets and has experienced negative growth over the last five years due to an increasingly saturated market. Flat to very slow growth is predicted over the next five years to 2023. The market will be constrained from higher growth due to a saturated mobile subscriber market and strong local competition.
As with any shift in the market landscape, Taiwan’s three smaller players saw LTE introduction as an opportunity to expand market share, principally by offering more value to end users through higher speeds and/or lower prices.
Taiwan has seen a rapid increase in mobile broadband penetration over the past five years driven by strong growth of 4G mobile subscribers. Slowing growth is predicted over the next five years to 2023 as the market reaches a heightened state of maturity. The mobile broadband market will be driven by increasingly faster speeds offered by the mobile operators as they roll out their 4G and 5G networks.
Asia Pacific Telecom (APT) recently launched what is claimed to be the country’s first TD-LTE network and APT is the first operator to receive approval to build a trial 5G network. APT expects to fully deploy its trial infrastructure by the end of 2018 and is looking to begin preparing for a commercial launch in 2020.
- Taiwan is implementing a strategy to attain a significant share of the global IoT market.
- Fixed line penetration is predicted to gradually decline over the next five years to 2023.
- Cross border online shopping trade is continuing to grow strongly in Taiwan.
- Market penetration in the fixed broadband subscriber market has remained flat over the past five years.
- Taiwan has taken steps to develop a digital economy, encompassing digital media and e-services.
- Line Corp has announced its entrance into Taiwan’s MVNO market.
- APT is the first operator to receive approval to build a trial 5G network.
- Slowing mobile broadband growth is predicted over the next five years to 2023.
1. Key statistics
2. Telecommunications market
2.1 Market overview and analysis
2.2 Market revenues
2.3 Regional Asian Market Comparison
2.4 Historical overview
3. Regulatory environment
3.1 Historic overview
3.2 Regulatory authority
3.3 Ministry of Transport and Communications (MOTC)
3.4 National Communications Commission (NCC)
3.5 Government policies eg Telecom sector liberalisation
3.5.2 Government initiatives for broadband and m-Taiwan
3.6 Legislation and market liberalisation
3.7 The 1996 Telecom Bill
3.8 Foreign investment
3.9.1 WiMAX in Taiwan - licensing
3.10 Foreign equipment restrictions
3.11 Telecoms tariffs
3.12 Amendments to the Radio and Television act
3.13 National Information and Communication Initiative (NICI)
4. Fixed network operators
4.1 Chunghwa Telecom Co Ltd (CHT)
5. Telecommunications infrastructure
5.1 Fixed line subscribers and market forecast
5.2 Forward looking infrastructure project to 2025
5.3 Submarine cable networks
5.4 Satellite networks
5.5 Cloud computing
5.6 Smart infrastructure
5.6.1 Internet of Things (IoT)
5.6.2 Smart grids
6. Broadband market
6.1 Introduction and statistical overview
6.1.1 Market overview and analysis
6.1.2 Fixed broadband statistics and market forecast
6.1.3 Internet statistics and market forecast
6.2 Fixed broadband operators
6.2.1 Chunghwa telecom broadband
6.2.2 Taiwan Mobile
6.3 Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
6.4 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
6.5 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) and Fibre-To-The-Home (FttH)
6.5.1 FTTX and Taipei City government
6.5.2 Fixed wireless (WiFi and WiMAX)
7. Digital economy
7.2 e-Payments / m-Payments
7.3 Online Shopping
8. Digital media
8.1 Overview of broadcasting market
8.1.1 Cable TV
9. Mobile communications
9.1 Market overview and analysis
9.2 Mobile statistics
9.2.1 General statistics and Forecasts
9.2.2 Mobile Broadband Statistics and Market Forecasts
9.3 Regulatory issues
9.3.1 4G / LTE spectrum auctions
9.4 Mobile infrastructure
9.4.5 Internet of Things (IoT)
9.5 Major mobile operators
9.5.2 Operator Statistics and market share
9.5.3 Far EasTone Telecommunications Group
9.5.4 Taiwan Mobile
9.5.5 Chunghwa Telecom Co Ltd (CHT)
9.5.6 Asia Pacific Telecom (APT)
9.5.7 VIBO Telecom
9.5.9 Star Cellular
List of Tables
Table 1 - Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - 2018 (e)
Table 2 - Key Metrics - Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) - 2018 - 2023
Table 3 - Taiwan - Distribution of telecom revenue by services - 2016 - 2017
Table 4 - Data communication revenue and mobile data service revenue ratios - 2001 - 2017
Table 5 - Historic - Taiwan telecoms service revenue - 1985 - 2014
Table 6 - Taiwan 2.5GHz spectrum winners - 2007
Table 7 - Taiwan - Chunghwa Telecom revenue, capex, net profit - 2000 - 2017
Table 8 - Historic - Taiwan - Chunghwa Telecom revenue breakdown - 2006 - 2016
Table 9 - Chunghwa Telecom fixed line subscribers, residential and business - 2000 - 2018
Table 10 - Fixed Line Subscriptions and Penetration - 2007 - 2018
Table 11 - Historic - Fixed-line subscribers and penetration - 1995 - 2011
Table 12 - Historic - Taiwan - Call volumes for outgoing mobile and fixed network traffic - 1999 - 2016
Table 13- Fixed Broadband Subscribers (with Forecast) - 2008 - 2023
Table 14 - Historic - Fixed-line broadband subscribers, penetration - 2000 - 2011
Table 15 - Fixed-line Broadband Subscribers by Technology (millions) - 2007 - 2018
Table 16 - Historic - Fixed-line and wireless broadband subscribers by technology - 2003 - 2015
Table 17 - Internet Users and Penetration - 2007 - 2018
Table 18 - Historic - Internet Users and Penetration- 1995 - 2011
Table 19 - International internet bandwidth - 2000 - 2018
Table 20 - Taiwan - Chunghwa Telecom internet HiNet subscribers - 2003 - 2018
Table 21 - Chunghwa Telecom broadband subscribers by technology - 2001 - 2018
Table 22 - Taiwan - Chunghwa Telecom Broadband ARPU - 2001 - 2018
Table 23 - Historic - Taiwan - Chunghwa ADSL and FTTX ARPU - 2008 - 2014
Table 24 - Taiwan Mobile - Cable Broadband Subscribers - 2008 - 2018
Table 25 - Taiwan - Cable Modem subscribers - 2000 - 2018
Table 26 - DSL subscribers - 2000 - 2018
Table 27 - Taiwan - FTTX subscribers - 2007 - 2018
Table 28 - Mobile Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) - 2007 - 2023
Table 29 - Mobile subscribers by technology - 2G, 3G, 4G - 2014 - 2018
Table 30 - Historic - Mobile subscribers by technology (PHS, 2G, 3G, LTE) - 2003 - 2015
Table 31 - Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration - 1995 - 2011
Table 32 - Historic - 2G/3G/4G mobile services ARPU - 2005 - 2017
Table 33 - Taiwan 3G/4G mobile broadband subscribers - 2008 - 2018
Table 34 - Historic SMS message volume - 2001 - 2017
Table 35 - Historic - Prepaid mobile subscribers - market share - 2001 - 2017
Table 36- Mobile Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) - 2009 - 2023
Table 37 - Mobile Operators - Subscribers and Market Share - 2018
Table 38 - Far EasTone revenue, EBITDA, capex, net profit and ARPU - 2003 - 2017
Table 39 - Taiwan - Far EasTone mobile subscribers and annual change - 1998 - 2018
Table 40 - Taiwan - Far EasTone blended ARPU - 2007 - 2018
Table 41 - Taiwan Mobile - revenue and net profit - 2003 - 2017
Table 42 - Taiwan Mobile ARPU - 2017 - 2018
Table 43 - Taiwan - Taiwan Mobile subscribers- 1998 - 2018
Table 44 - Chunghwa Telecom mobile - 1998 - 2018
Table 45 - Chunghwa Telecom mobile subscribers market share - 2000 - 2018
Table 46 -Chunghwa Telecom’s blended mobile ARPU - 2001 - 2018
Table 47 - APT mobile subscribers - 2003 - 2017
Table 48 - Historic - Taiwan - VIBO Telecom mobile subscribers and annual change (historical) - 2005 - 2013
List of Charts
Chart 1 - Mobile, Mobile Broadband & Fixed Broadband Penetration - 2018; 2023
Chart 2 - Asian Telecoms Maturity Index by Market Category
Chart 3 - Asian Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per Capita
Chart 4 - Telecoms Maturity Index - Northern Asia
Chart 5 - Fixed Line Subscriptions and Penetration (with Forecast) - 2007 - 2018
Chart 6 - Fixed Broadband Subscribers (with Forecast) - 2008 - 2023
Chart 7 - Fixed-line Broadband Subscribers by Technology (millions) - 2007 - 2018
Chart 8 - Percentage of Population Covered by Type of Mobile Network
Chart 9 - Mobile Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) - 2007 - 2023
Chart 10 - Mobile Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) - 2009 - 2023
List of Exhibits
Exhibit 1 - Key Market Characteristics by Market Segment
Exhibit 2 - Northern Asia - Key Characteristics of Telecoms Markets by Country
Exhibit 3 - Major global/regional submarine cables with landing point in Taiwan
Exhibit 4 - Major broadcasting organisations
- Asia Pacific Broadband Telecommunications
- Asia Pacific Telecom
- Chunghwa Telecom
- Far Eastone
- Global Mobile
- New Century Infocom
- Taiwan Fixed Network Telecom
- Taiwan Mobile
- Tatung Telecom
- Vibo Telecom Ambit
- WiMAX Telecom