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2006 Asia - Telecoms Statistics (tables only)


Attention: There is an updated edition available for this report.

This report comprises statistical tables only. 111 tables are provided on a country by country basis, with a brief introduction. Some of the data is not current, but was the latest available at the time of publication.

35 countries are covered including: Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China, East Timor, Georgia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, North Korea, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Vietnam


The Asian region has continued to experience a generally stronger run of economic growth through 2005 and into 2006. The region, however, continues to share the concerns of the rest of the world about rising oil prices and the likely impact on the global economy. There is also a degree of anxiety about a slowdown in China. This giant growth engine has been soaking up huge volumes of exports from its neighbours. If it starts showing signs of stalling, the reverberations will be felt right across Asia.

At the same time, it can be said that the growth has been somewhat inconsistent around the region and over the various market segments. Nevertheless, a healthy positive outlook generally pervades the market. The highlights coming into 2006 are:

Asia’s mobile market has continued its strong overall growth pattern;

3G mobile services are being rolled out in the major markets;

Internet access is rapidly moving from dial-up to broadband access;

Asia continues to be a global leader in broadband roll-out.

In looking at the Asian telecom market, it is impossible to avoid the impact of China. With its huge population and strongly developing economy, it is a powerful presence in the region. Having rapidly moved to become the biggest mobile market in the world, China’s mobile sector has continued to expand at a rate of almost 20% per annum. China had 400 million mobile subscribers by April 2006.

Japan has been a long-time global and regional telecommunications leader. It has a reputation for innovation, regularly adding value to the telecom market. Its leadership has embraced the application of wireless Internet access, with over 79 million mobile subscribers using either NTT DoCoMo’s i-Mode or one of the other proprietary products by early 2006.

Asia claims the world’s largest regional Internet market. With an estimated 375 million Internet users (a user penetration of 11%) by end-2004, Asia was maintaining its lead over Europe (292 million) and North America (227 million). Internet application in Asia continues to be led by the developed economies of the region - Japan, Hong Kong, South Korea, Singapore and Taiwan. This group has been joined by China. With a penetration of 8.5%, China had a massive 111 million Internet users at end-2005.

In the area of broadband Internet access, South Korea has continued to be a world and regional leader with 70% of households having a broadband connection by end-2005. The two major technologies supporting broadband in Asia were Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) and cable modem. By March 2006, there were 153 million DSL subscribers and 76 million cable modem subscribers across the region.

Across the region, as the local economies improve and national regulators restructure their markets, operators have been facing increasingly competitive markets. Price cutting continues to be widespread, the offering of value added services has been expanding and innovative product promotion and packaging is popular. Working in such highly competitive markets, the Average Revenue Per User (ARPU) across the product range has inevitably suffered, but some equilibrium has been achieved. And, with the introduction of 3G services, an opportunity to grow ARPU has presented. Nevertheless, profit margins have been falling and operators need to be flexible in a quickly changing market.

Investment strategies have remained cautious throughout the region since the late 1990s. Both operators and equipment suppliers in the Asian telecom industry have been approaching their investment strategies in a circumspect manner. The oversupply of undersea cable capacity that became apparent three or four years ago had a particularly severe impact on investment plans. At the same time, after a period of sluggish growth, the satellite segment has seen a healthy series of new launches and signs that this will continue.

The Asian region has a wide spectrum of telecommunications and IT development. Countries can be found at both ends of this development spectrum. Whilst some of the world’s leading developers and implementers of technology are to be found in Asia, many countries in the region are still in the early stages of their information technology and telecommunications adoption. There is certainly a consistently strong awareness of the importance of telecommunications and information being demonstrated right across the region. The commercial significance of telecommunications is well recognised and, at the same time, the potential contribution to the social and cultural wellbeing of nations is also well appreciated. As a consequence, the growth potential in the Asian market remains extremely high.

The Asian telecommunications market was estimated to be worth around US$300 billion in 2006. The big new drivers are broadband and IP services, as well as ongoing growth in the mobile sector, particularly as value-added services come into the market. NGNs are also being rolled out by the regional heavyweights, with a strong move into triple play services.

1. OVERVIEW OF THE TELECOMS MARKET
1.1 General
1.2 Regulatory
1.3 Infrastructure
2. AFGHANISTAN
3. ARMENIA
4. AZERBAIJAN
5. BANGLADESH
6. BHUTAN
7. BRUNEI DARUSSALAM
8. CAMBODIA
9. CHINA
10. EAST TIMOR
11. GEORGIA
12. HONG KONG
13. INDIA
14. INDONESIA
15. JAPAN
16. KAZAKHSTAN
17. KYRGYZSTAN
18. LAOS
19. MACAU
20. MALAYSIA
21. MALDIVES
22. MONGOLIA
23. MYANMAR
24. NEPAL
25. NORTH KOREA
26. PAKISTAN
27. PHILIPPINES
28. SINGAPORE
29. SOUTH KOREA
30. SRI LANKA
31. TAIWAN
32. TAJIKISTAN
33. THAILAND
34. TURKMENISTAN
35. UZBEKISTAN
36. VIETNAM


Table 1 - Asia - fixed-line subscribers (major markets) - March 2006
Table 2 - Afghanistan - telephone network overview - 2005
Table 3 - Afghanistan - fixed-line subscriber growth and teledensity - 1994 - 2005
Table 4 - Afghanistan - fixed lines installed - 2002 - 2005
Table 5 - Armenia - telephone network overview - 2005
Table 6 - Armenia - fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1991 - 2005
Table 7 - Azerbaijan - telephone network overview - 2005
Table 8 - Azerbaijan - fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1995 - 2005
Table 9 - Bangladesh - telephone network overview - 2005
Table 10 - Bangladesh - fixed-line growth and teledensity - 1995 - 2005
Table 11 - Bangladesh - fixed telephone line and teledensity targets- 2010; 2025
Table 12 - Bhutan - telephone network overview - 2005
Table 13 - Bhutan - fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1995 - 2005
Table 14 - Brunei - telephone network overview - 2005
Table 15 - Brunei - fixed lines in service - 1990 - 2005
Table 16 - Cambodia - telephone network overview - 2005
Table 17 - Cambodia - fixed lines in service - 1995 - 2005
Table 18 - China - telecom overview - 2005
Table 19 - China - fixed-lines, mobile subscriptions and penetrations - 1998 - 2005
Table 20 - China - distribution of bandwidth (Mb/s) - 2002 - 2005
Table 21 - China - overview regional / international fibre optic cable networks
Table 22 - China - selected satellite service providers and satellites
Table 23 - China - public data and multimedia users - 1998 - 2000, 2005, 2010
Table 24 - East Timor - Telephone network overview - 2005
Table 25 - East Timor - fixed lines in service - 1995; 1998 - 2000; 2003 - 2005
Table 26 - Georgia - telephone network overview - 2005
Table 27 - Georgia - fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1995 - 2005
Table 28 - Hong Kong - telephone network overview - 2006
Table 29 - Hong Kong - fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1994 - 2006
Table 30 - Hong Kong - fixed lines vs mobile subscriptions and penetration - 1998 - 2006
Table 31 - India - telephone network overview - 2005
Table 32 - India - fixed-line growth and teledensity - 1995 - 2006
Table 33 - India - fixed-line services vs mobile services and penetration - 2005
Table 34 - India - telephone services to villages - December 2005
Table 35 - India - fixed-line basic services* by operator - December 2005
Table 36 - India - growth of VPT scheme - 2001 - 2005
Table 37 - India - PCOs in operation and market share by operator - 2005
Table 38 - India - fixed WLL subscriber growth - 2004 - 2006
Table 39 - India - international undersea cable capacity - 1997 - 2005
Table 40 - Indonesia - telephone network overview - 2005
Table 41 - Indonesia - national network statistics - 2004 - 2005
Table 42 - Indonesia - fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1995 - 2006
Table 43 - Indonesia - fixed mobile (WLL) services subscribers - December 2005
Table 44 - Indonesia - forecast fixed line growth and penetration - 2005; 2010; 2015
Table 45 - Japan - telecom overview - 2005
Table 46 - Japan - subscriber growth and penetration: fixed-line versus mobile - 1993 - 2005
Table 47 - Japan - telecommunications carriers in Japan - February 2006
Table 48 - Japan - VoIP subscribers by operator - March 2005
Table 49 - Kazakhstan - telephone network overview - 2005
Table 50 - Kazakhstan - fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1995 - 2005
Table 51 - Kyrgyzstan - Telephone network overview - 2005
Table 52 - Kyrgyzstan - fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1991 - 2005
Table 53 - Laos - telephone network overview - 2005
Table 54 - Laos - fixed lines in service - 1995 - 2005
Table 55 - Laos - fixed-line operator market share - 2005
Table 56 - Macau - telephone network overview - April 2006
Table 57 - Macau - fixed-line growth and teledensity - 1991 - 2006
Table 58 - Malaysia - telephone network overview - 2005
Table 59 - Malaysia - fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1995 - 2006
Table 60 - Maldives - telephone network overview - 2005
Table 61 - Maldives - fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1995 - 2005
Table 62 - Maldives - fixed-line subscribers by island - 2004
Table 63 - Mongolia - Telephone network overview - 2005
Table 64 - Mongolia - fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1994 - 2005
Table 65 - Myanmar - telecom overview - 2005
Table 66 - Myanmar - fixed lines in service - 1990, 1995 - 2005
Table 67 - Nepal - telephone network overview - April 2006
Table 68 - Nepal - fixed-lines in service and teledensity - 1995 - 2006
Table 69 - Nepal - NTC rural penetration levels - April 2006
Table 70 - Nepal - telephone demand forecasts - 2007; 2012; 2017
Table 71 - North Korea - Telephone network overview - 2005
Table 72 - North Korea - fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1990 - 2005
Table 73 - Pakistan - telephone network overview - 2005
Table 74 - Pakistan - fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1991 - 2005
Table 75 - Pakistan - ‘fixed’ licences issued by PTA - March 2005
Table 76 - Pakistan - growth in Public Call Offices - 1999 - 2005
Table 77 - Pakistan - WLL operator market share - 2005
Table 78 - Philippines - telecom overview - 2005
Table 79 - Philippines - fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1994 - 2005
Table 80 - Philippines - fixed lines installed and in operation plus penetration - 1995 - 2005
Table 81 - Philippines - fixed-line subscribers by operator and market share - March 2006
Table 82 - Philippines - total SAS lines installed by operators*
Table 83 - Singapore - telephone network overview - March 2006
Table 84 - Singapore - fixed-line v. mobile growth - subscribers and penetration - 1998 - 2006
Table 85 - Singapore - SingTel’s direct exchange lines - 1995 - 2005
Table 86 - South Korea - telephone network overview - 2005
Table 87 - South Korea - fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1991 - 2006
Table 88 - South Korea - ISDN subscribers - 1994 - 2006
Table 89 - Sri Lanka - telephone network overview - September 2005
Table 90 - Sri Lanka - national network status - September 2005
Table 91 - Sri Lanka - fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1995 - 2005
Table 92 - Sri Lanka - subscribers by operator - 1999 - 2005
Table 93 - Sri Lanka - WLL subscribers - 1996 - 2005
Table 94 - Taiwan - Telephone network overview - 2006
Table 95 - Taiwan - fixed telephone lines v. mobile subscriptions and penetrations - 1997 - 2006
Table 96 - Taiwan - fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1995 - 2006
Table 97 - Taiwan - Chunghwa Telecom’s subscriber base - August 2004
Table 98 - Tajikistan - telephone network overview - 2005
Table 99 - Tajikistan - fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1995 - 2005
Table 100 - Thailand - telephone network overview - 2005
Table 101 - Thailand - fixed-line growth and teledensity - 1995 - 2005
Table 102 - Thailand - fixed-line services - January 2005
Table 103 - Thailand - Number of subscribed ISDN circuits - 1994 - 2005
Table 104 - Thailand - public payphones - January 2005
Table 105 - Thailand - public payphone market (TOT)* - 2003
Table 106 - Turkmenistan - Telephone network overview - 2005
Table 107 - Turkmenistan - fixed lines in service - 1991 - 2005
Table 108 - Uzbekistan - telephone network overview - 2005
Table 109 - Uzbekistan - fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1991 - 2005
Table 110 - Vietnam - telephone network overview - 2005
Table 111 - Vietnam - fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1990 - 2006

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