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China - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses

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China - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses

Although China boasts the largest mobile market in the world, there is still much room for growth given the relatively recent focus on large scale LTE investment. China's mobile market is served by mobile network operators China Telecom, China Mobile and China Unicom which operate a variety of technology platforms that reflect the commercial preferences of operators and the industry development policies of the government.

Entering 2016 all three mobile network operators are focused on deploying LTE networks and monetizing such investments by enticing end users to upgrade to higher ARPU LTE products such as mobile broadband. The number of mobile subscribers passed the 1.3 billion subscriber mark, with penetration surpassing 100%. China Mobile continues to dominate the mobile industry with 63% market share.

Mobile subscriber growth is expected to be very slow due to a saturated and mature market. Operators will continue to focus on increasing ARPU in light of diminishing opportunities to acquire new subscribers and the need for operators to maximise monetization of LTE investments.

Operators are also investing in technologies design to maximise the user experience such as Rich Communication Service (RCS), Voice over LTE (VoLTE) and Near Field Communications (NFC).

Key developments:

China Mobile is planning to continue expanding mobile coverage into rural and remote areas of the country.
In mid 2016 China Mobile began commercialisation of the world's largest network functions virtualisation-enabled network (NVF) infrastructure.
LTE subscribers expected to surpass 3G subscribers by 2016
LTE drives almost double the amount of data used compared with 3G
Mobile is the most popular Internet access method in China
China possesses the largest M2M market in the world
To cut costs China's operators have pooled assets into a Tower sharing joint venture company
Increasing focus on mobile apps by China's digital media giants due to the proliferation of mobile phones and LTE
China overtook the USA in terms of iOS app downloads.

Companies covered in this report include:

China Mobile; China Telecom; China Unicom; Apple

1. Synopsis
2. Market analysis
3. Mobile statistics
3.1 General statistics
3.1.1 OTT messaging services
3.2 Mobile broadband
3.3 Mobile Data
3.4 Forecasts
3.4.1 Forecast: Mobile Internet subscribers 2016-2020
4. Regulatory issues
4.1 Licensing
4.1.1 LTE TDD
4.1.2 LTE FDD
4.1.3 MVNO licences
4.2 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
4.3 VAT Introduction
5. Mobile infrastructure
5.1 Digital networks
5.1.1 GSM
5.1.2 CDMA
5.1.3 Third Generation (3G) mobile
5.1.4 Fourth Generation (4G) mobile
5.2 Other infrastructure developments
5.2.1 General Packet Radio Service (GPRS)
5.2.2 Enhanced Data for GSM Evolution (EDGE)
5.2.3 Voice over LTE (VoLTE)
5.2.4 Pre-5G
5.2.5 NFC
5.2.6 Tower Sharing Joint Venture
5.3 IoT and M2M networks
5.3.1 China Mobile
5.3.2 China Telecom
5.3.3 China Unicom
6. Major mobile operators
6.1 Operators
6.2 China Mobile Ltd (CML)
6.2.1 Company overview
6.2.2 China Mobile: Financial statistics
6.2.3 China Mobile: Operations statistics
6.3 China Telecom
6.4 China Unicom
6.5 MVNOs
7. Mobile content and applications
7.1 Mobile internet
7.2 Rich Communication Services (RCS)
7.3 Mobile gaming
7.4 m-commerce
7.5 m-banking (payments/loans)
7.6 Mobile Advertising
7.7 m-TV
7.8 Apps
7.8.1 China Mobile
7.8.2 China Telecom
7.8.3 China Unicom
7.8.4 Apple iOS App Store
8. Related reports
Table 1 Historical - Mobile subscribers and annual change 1995 - 2002
Table 2 Online Instant messaging users and utilisation rate 2009 2015
Table 3 Mobile broadband subscribers 2012 - 2016
Table 4 China Mobile - mobile data traffic 2010 - 2015
Table 5 China Telecom Monthly Average data Traffic per handset 2011 2015
Table 6 China Telecom Total Handset data traffic 2012 2015
Table 7 China Unicom Total Handset data traffic 2010 - 2015
Table 8 Forecast mobile subscribers and penetration rates 2016; 2018; 2021
Table 9 Mobile subscribers by operator and market share 2016
Table 10 Mobile subscribers by provider, penetration and Annual Change - 2002 - 2016
Table 11 Mobile subscriber market share by provider - 2002 - 2016
Table 12 China Mobile revenue, capex, EBITDA margin, net profit 2000 - 2015
Table 13 CAPEX breakdown 2015 - 2016
Table 14 China Mobile ARPU 1997 2016
Table 15 China Mobile subscribers, annual change, and market share 1997 - 2016
Table 16 China Mobile - 3G and 4G subscribers 2016
Table 17 China Telecom mobile and 3G/4G subscribers and ARPU 2002 - 2016
Table 18 China Unicom 2G and 3G/4G subscribers 2002 2016
Table 20 China Unicom 2G and 3G/4G ARPU 2008 - 2015
Table 21 Utilisation rate and number of users for mobile applications
Table 22 Mobile internet subscribers and annual change 2006 - 2015
Table 23 Mobile online gaming users and utilisation rate 2010 2015
Table 24 Apple net sales for Greater China 2012 - 2015
Chart 1 China Mobile market subscribers and Annual Change 2002 - 2016
Exhibit 1 China Mobile Limited at a glance

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