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China - Telecoms Infrastructure, Operators, Regulations - Statistics and Analyses


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China - Telecoms Infrastructure, Operators, Regulations - Statistics and Analyses

The Chinese telecom market is the largest in the world in terms of subscribers and is undergoing transition. Mobile subscriptions outnumber fixed voice connections and voice is giving way to data as the primary revenue generator. China's telecom market is served by three operators; China Telecom, China Unicom and China Mobile. All three are integrated providers of telecom services although China Mobile is the largest in the crucial mobile market.

China's fixed-line market is in decline due to voice mobile substitution although the two main fixed-line operators of China Telecom and China Unicom have aggressively deployed and marketed fibre broadband to increase the value of maintaining a fixed-line.

In 2016 the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) issued a fourth basic telecommunications licence to state-backed China Broadcasting Network (CBN) enables CBN and its subsidiary China Cable Television Network to provide domestic internet data transmission and telecom infrastructure services.

This report presents key aspects of the China telecom market as it enters 2017. It includes an overview of the regulatory environment, market highlights and comprehensive statistics.

Key developments:

China's government strengthens IOT policies to boost economic growth
China's government further opens the telecom market to private companies
China Telecom and China Unicom are focusing on LTE-FDD deployments after finally receiving the necessary licences
Internet speeds double after China completes a two year project to increase the number of national Internet hubs from three to ten.
China possesses the world's largest M2M market with significant growth evident in the connected car market.

Companies covered in this report include:

China Mobile; China Telecom; China Unicom


1. Synopsis
2. Key statistics
3. Telecommunications market
3.1 Historical overview
3.1.1 Background of China's telecom market 1980s and 1990s
3.1.2 Background of China's telecom market 2000-2007
3.1.3 China's telecom market restructure in 2008
3.1.4 Overview of China's telecom market 2008-2012
3.1.5 Trade dispute 2013/2014
4. Regulatory environment
4.1 Historic overview
4.2 Regulatory authority
4.2.1 Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT)
4.2.2 China Internet Network Information Centre
4.3 Government policies
4.3.1 Private investment in state-controlled industries
4.3.2 Broadband China
4.3.3 Three-network Convergence Policy
4.3.4 Internet Plus
4.3.5 IOT / M2M
4.4 Telecommunications Regulations
4.5 Licensing
4.6 Interconnect
4.6.1 Local calls and domestic long distance calls
4.6.2 International long distance calls
4.6.3 Internet backbone networks
4.6.4 SMS
4.6.5 MMS
4.7 Tariff Setting
4.8 Universal Service Obligation
5. Competition issues
5.1 New Telecommunications Licenses
6. Fixed network operators
6.1 Introduction
6.2 China Telecom
6.2.1 Company overview
6.2.2 China Telecom: Financial statistics
6.2.3 China Telecom: Operations statistics
6.3 China Unicom
6.3.1 Company overview
6.3.2 China Unicom: Financial statistics
6.3.3 China Unicom: Operations statistics
6.4 China Tower
6.5 CITIC Networks
7. Telecommunications infrastructure
7.1 Overview of the national telecom network
7.2 New developments
7.3 International infrastructure (satellite, submarine)
7.3.1 Terrestrial and submarine cable infrastructure
7.3.2 Satellite infrastructure
7.3.3 International Internet bandwidth
7.4 Specific IT developments (data centres, cloud computing)
7.4.1 Cloud Computing
8. Smart infrastructure
8.1 Smart grids
8.1.1 State Grid Corporation
8.2 Smart cities
8.3 Connected homes
8.4 Connected car
9. Related reports
Table 1 Country statistics 2015
Table 2 Telecom revenue and investment statistics 2015
Table 3 Telephone network statistics 2015
Table 4 Internet user statistics 2015
Table 5 Fixed Broadband statistics 2015
Table 6 Mobile statistics 2015
Table 7 National telecommunications authorities
Table 8 Telecom industry revenue and fixed asset investment 2006 - 2013
Table 9 China Telecom financial data 2001 - 2015
Table 10 China Telecom revenue breakdown 2009 2015
Table 11 China Telecom fixed-line, fixed broadband subscribers and ARPU 2004 - 2016
Table 12 China Unicom financial data 2001 - 2015
Table 13 China Unicom Fixed line Local access subscribers 2008 - 2015
Table 14 Fixed-line and mobile subscriptions and penetration rate 1998 - 2014
Table 15 Historical - Fixed-line local telephone calls 2006 - 2013
Table 16 Historical - Fixed-line traditional long-distance telephone calls 2006 - 2013
Table 17 China total international outlet bandwidth: 2006 - 2014
Table 18 International outlet bandwidth for key networks 2004 2014
Chart 1 Historical - Fixed-line traditional long-distance telephone calls 2008 - 2013
Chart 2 China total international outlet bandwidth 2006 - 2014
Exhibit 1 Restructuring of China's telecommunications industry
Exhibit 2 China Telecom Corporation Ltd at a glance 2015
Exhibit 3 China Unicom Ltd at a glance June2015
Exhibit 4 Regional/international fibre optic cable networks: January 2015
Exhibit 5 Selected Chinese satellite service providers and satellites
Exhibit 6 China Satcom satellite fleet

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