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2008 Asian - Mobile Operators


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

The report has gathered together a selection of information about each of these many operators. The range of information presented in the text, and where appropriate in tables, includes:

  • brief history of the company;
  • corporate and business structure;
  • subscriber growth;
  • financial performance;
  • market position.
It is noted that the information provided varies from market to market and operator to operator, depending very much on the availability of statistics and corporate reports.

In some markets we also provide an overall review of the market in which we find these operators; this overview includes such statistical information as market share and APRU if available. Within the background information we have also reported on the mergers and acquisition that have been part of a transformational market.


EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

This market report provides a wide-ranging review of telecom operators across the Asian region. The overview includes around 170 operators ranging from the giant China Mobile which is expected to have more than 440 million subscribers by late 2008 to a number of small operators with only a few thousand subscribers. The list of operators gathered by BuddeComm does not claim to be exhaustive but it certainly is indicative of the breadth and variety of operator to be found in the region.

The focus of this report is on the operators within the individual national markets. Of course, in addition to these individual operators there are those companies such as SingTel, Vodafone, Hutchison and Telekom Malaysia that have built a substantial presence around the region through their shareholdings in operators in multiple markets. This aspect of these corporations is not discussed in any detail but is mentioned in passing in the country-by-country review.

Top 15 mobile operators in Asia by number of subscribers - 2007 - 2008
Ranking Operator Country 2007 Mar 2008
2008 2007 Subscribers (million)
1 1 China Mobile China 369.4 392.1
2 2 China Unicom Ltd China 161.6 167.0
3 3 Bharti India 55.2 61.9
4 4 NTT DoCoMo Japan 53.2 53.4
5 5 Telkomsel Indonesia 43.1 46.7
6 6 Vodafone Essar* India 39.9 44.1
7 7 Reliance India 35.9 40.0
8 8 BSNL India 32.7 36.2
9 9 PMCL Pakistan 30.6 31.8
10 10 Smart Communications Philippines 30.0 31.5
11 11 KDDI Japan 29.6 30.3
12 12 AIS Thailand 24.0 25.0
13 15 Idea Cellular India 21.1 24.0
14 14 PT Indosat Indonesia 21.5 23.8
15 13 SK Telecom South Korea 22.0 22.3
(Source: BuddeComm based on Global Mobile data)
Note: *Formerly Hutchison.

With the progressive opening up of markets to more competition, we have seen the licensing of more and more operators in the various countries of the region. Only a handful of these countries are still clinging to a single state-owned incumbent structure today. Typically markets are characterised by a number of operators in each segment competing on price, service quality, service offering and other market areas to win market share, build customer bases and healthy businesses.

We have seen markets like India where some rather complex licensing systems saw dozens of operators enter the market; this was followed by a period of market rationalisation, which ultimately produced a highly effective commercial environment. Similar processes have taken place right across the region.

The report has gathered together a selection of information about each of these many operators. The range of information presented in the text, and where appropriate in tables, includes:

  • brief history of the company;
  • corporate and business structure;
  • subscriber growth;
  • financial performance;
  • market position.
It is noted that the information provided varies from market to market and operator to operator, depending very much on the availability of statistics and corporate reports.

In some markets we also provide an overall review of the market in which we find these operators; this overview includes such statistical information as market share and APRU if available. Within the background information we have also reported on the mergers and acquisition that have been part of a transformational market.

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

1. Afghanistan
1.1 Operator statistics
1.2 Afghan Wireless (AWCC)
1.3 Roshan
1.4 Areeba
1.5 Etisalat
2. Armenia
2.1 Operator statistics
2.2 ArmenTel (ArmGSM)
2.3 K-Telecom (VivaCell)
3. Azerbaijan
3.1 Operator statistics
3.2 Azercell
3.3 Bakcell
3.4 Nar Mobile (Azerfon)
4. Bangladesh
4.1 Operator statistics
4.2 CityCell (PBTL)
4.3 GrameenPhone
4.4 Banglalink (formerly Sheba Telecom)
4.5 Telekom Malaysia International Bangladesh/AkTel
4.6 Teletalk (BTTB)
4.7 Warid Telecom
5. Bhutan
5.1 Mobile statistics
5.2 B-Mobile
5.3 Tashi InfoComm
6. Brunei Darussalam
6.1 Overview
6.2 Operator statistics
6.3 DSTCom
7. Cambodia
7.1 Operator statistics
7.2 Cambodia GSM (MobiTel)
7.3 CamShin
7.4 TMIC (formerly Casacom)
7.5 AZ Communications
7.6 Viettel
7.7 Star Cell
8. China
8.1 Overview
8.2 Operator statistics
8.3 China Mobile
8.4 China Unicom
8.5 Other mobile operators
8.5.1 China Netcom
8.5.2 China Telecom
9. Georgia
9.1 Operator statistics
9.2 Geocell
9.3 MagtiCom
9.4 Mobitel
9.5 MegaCom
10. Hong Kong
10.1 Operator statistics
10.2 CSL New World
10.2.1 Hong Kong CSL
10.2.2 New World Mobility
10.2.3 CSL New World Mobility Group
10.3 Hutchison Telecom
10.4 Peoples (China Resources Peoples Telephone Co Ltd)
10.5 SmarTone-Vodafone
10.6 Sunday
10.6.1 PCCW
10.7 Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) services
11. India
11.1 Market overview
11.2 Market structure and earlier growth
11.3 Mergers and acquisitions
11.4 Competition
11.5 Operator statistics
11.6 Overview of major mobile operators
11.6.1 Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL)
11.6.2 Bharti Cellular Ltd (Airtel)
11.6.3 BPL Mobile
11.6.4 Vodafone Essar (formerly Hutchison Essar Telecom Ltd)
11.6.5 Aircel
11.6.6 Idea Cellular
11.6.7 Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL)
11.6.8 Reliance Telecom Ltd
11.6.9 Spice Telecom Ltd
11.6.10 Virgin Mobile
12. Indonesia
12.1 Operator statistics
12.2 PT Telkomsel
12.3 PT Indosat
12.3.1 PT Satelindo
12.3.2 IM3 Indosat
12.4 PT Excelcomindo
12.5 PT Sampoerna Telekomunikasi Indonesia (STI)
12.6 Mobile-8
12.7 Natrindo Telepon Selular (NTS)
12.8 PT Hutchison CP Telecommunications
12.9 Smart Telecom
13. Japan
13.1 Operating environment
13.2 Operator statistics
13.2.1 Regulatory environment
13.3 Overview of major operators
13.3.1 NTT Corporation
13.3.2 KDDI Corporation
13.3.3 Softbank Corporation
14. Kazakhstan
14.1 Operator statistics
14.2 Altel
14.3 GSM-Kazakhstan (K’Cell)
14.4 Kar-Tel (K-Mobile)
14.5 Mobile Telecom Service (NeoTelecom)
15. Kyrgyzstan
15.1 Operator statistics
15.2 MegaCom (BiMoCom Ltd)
15.3 Bitel/Sky Mobile
15.4 Katel
16. Laos
16.1 Operator statistics
16.2 Lao Telecommunications Company (LTC)
16.3 Enterprise of Telecommunications Lao (ETL)
16.4 Tigo (Millicom)
16.5 Lao Asia Telecom (LAT)
16.6 Sky Telecom
17. Macau
17.1 Operator statistics
17.2 CTM
17.3 Hutchison Telecom Macau
17.4 SmarTone Mobile Communications (Macau) Ltd
17.5 China Unicom
18. Malaysia
18.1 Operator statistics
18.2 Telekom Malaysia
18.3 Celcom
18.3.1 Telekom Malaysia/Celcom merger
18.3.2 Listing
18.4 Digi Communications
18.5 Maxis Communications
18.6 Time dotCom
18.6.1 Maxis/Time merger
18.7 U Mobile
19. Maldives
19.1 Operator statistics
19.2 Dhiraagu (DhiMobile)
19.3 Wataniya Telecom
20. Mongolia
20.1 Operator statistics
20.2 MobiCom
20.3 SkyTel
20.4 Unitel
20.5 G-Mobile
21. Myanmar
21.1 Operator statistics
21.2 Sole mobile operator
21.2.1 Myanmar P&T (MPT)
22. Nepal
22.1 Operator statistics
22.2 Nepal Telecom
22.3 Spice Nepal Pvt Ltd (SNPL)
23. Pakistan
23.1 Operator statistics
23.2 CMPak (Formerly Paktel)
23.3 Pakcom (Instaphone)
23.4 Mobilink (PMCL)
23.5 Ufone (PTCL)
23.6 Warid Telecom
23.7 Telenor Pakistan
24. Philippines
24.1 Overview
24.2 Operator statistics
24.3 Globe Telecom
24.4 Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT)
24.4.1 Smart Communications
24.4.2 Pilipino Telephone Corp (Piltel)
24.4.3 ACeS Philippines
24.5 Extelcom
24.6 Digitel/Sun Cellular
24.7 BellTel
25. Singapore
25.1 Overview
25.2 Operator statstics
25.3 SingTel Mobile
25.4 MobileOne
25.4.1 PLDT/MobileOne
25.5 StarHub
26. South Korea
26.1 Overview
26.2 Operator statistics
26.3 SK Telecom
26.3.1 Merger with Shinsegi Telecom
26.4 KTF
26.4.1 KT ICOM
26.4.2 KT M.Com/Hansol M.Com
26.5 LG Telecom
27. Sri Lanka
27.1 Operator statistics
27.2 Tigo (formerly Celltel Lanka)
27.3 Hutchison Lanka
27.4 Mobitel
27.5 Dialog Telekom (MTN)
27.6 Bharti Airtel Lanka
27.7 Sixth mobile licence
28. Taiwan
28.1 Operator statistics
28.2 Chunghwa Telecom
28.3 Far EasTone Telecommunications (FET)
28.4 KG Telecom
28.5 MobiTai Telecom
28.6 Taiwan Mobile (formerly Taiwan Cellular)
28.7 Asia Pacific Broadband Wireless (APBW)
28.8 VIBO Telecom
29. Tajikistan
29.1 Operator statistics
29.2 Babilon-Mobile
29.3 Indigo Tajikistan
29.4 Somoncom
29.5 Tacom
29.6 TK Mobile
29.7 TT Mobile
30. Timor Leste
30.1 Timor Telecom
31. Thailand
31.1 Market overview
31.2 Operator statistics
31.3 Advanced Info Service (AIS)
31.3.1 Digital Phone Company (DPC)
31.4 DTAC
31.5 True Move (formerly TA Orange)
31.6 Hutchison CAT
31.7 Thai Mobile
31.8 CAT Telecom
32. Turkmenistan
32.1 Operator statistics
32.2 Barash Communications Technologies (BCTI)
32.3 Altyn Asyr/TM Cell
33. Uzbekistan
33.1 Operator statistics
33.2 Uzdunrobita / MTS-Uzbekistan
33.3 Unitel
33.4 Coscom
33.5 Other mobile operators
34. Vietnam
34.1 Operator statistics
34.2 Mobifone
34.3 Vinaphone
34.4 CityPhone
34.5 S-Fone (SLD Telecom)
34.6 Viettel
34.7 VP Telecom/EVN Telecom
34.8 Hutchison/HT Mobile
34.9 New and prospective operators
34.9.1 Telenor
34.9.2 Vodafone
34.9.3 GTel
35. Glossary of Abbreviations

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