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Hong Kong - Broadband - Overview, Statistics and Forecasts

The extensive rollout of sophisticated telecommunications infrastructure has allowed Hong Kong to move quickly in providing 90% of all households with access to high-speed broadband connectivity. This has been accompanied by rapid growth in the internet market. The number of broadband subscribers represents about 75% of the total internet subscriber base, supported by a healthy number of ISPs providing a competitive environment with attractive choice and pricing for subscribers. The extensive FttX, DSL and cable coverage coupled with a large fibre optic footprint has driven the market for triple play services and IPTV. This report provides an overview of the broadband market in Hong Kong and provides extensive broadband statistics of the major players including ARPU. Statistics are also provided for Hong Kong’s internet market. Broadband forecasts are provided to 2018.

Key Developments:

Increasing broadband competition pushes household penetration rates over 85%; extensive FttX deployments push prices below HK$200 for 1Gb/s; 100Mb/s packages under HK$100; broadband subscriber growth slows, impacted by LTE take-up

Companies covered in this report include:

PCCW; Hong Kong Broadband Network; SmarTone; Hutchison Telecom; Wharf T&T; iCable; CSL; City Telecom


1. Synopsis
2. Broadband market
2.1 Background
2.2 Overview
2.3 Broadband statistics
2.4 Broadband performance pledges
2.5 Digital 21 IT Strategy
2.6 Broadband Survey results
2.6.1 Saïd Business School
2.6.2 Akamai Technologies
2.7 FttB/FttH building registration scheme
3. Broadband technologies
3.1 Overview
3.2 Cable modems
3.3 Digital subscriber line (DSL)
3.4 Fibre to the home (FttH)
3.5 Wireless access
3.5.1 WiFi
4. Major broadband operators
4.1 i-Cable Communications (Hong Kong Cable Television Ltd)
4.2 Hong Kong Broadband Network Services (City Telecom – CTInets)
4.3 PCCW
4.3.1 Internet services - Netvigator
4.3.2 IPTV services – NOW
4.4 SmarTone Broadband Services
5. Internet market
5.1 Overview
5.2 Internet statistics
5.3 Internet traffic volume
5.4 Domain names
5.5 Internet contribution to GDP
6. Forecast broadband subscribers: 2013-2014; 2018
7. Broadband television in Hong Kong
7.1 Internet protocol TV (IPTV)
7.2 Cable television (CATV)
8. Related reports
Table 1 – Broadband internet access subscribers – 2000 - 2013
Table 2 – Narrowband internet access subscribers – 2000 - 2013
Table 3 – Prepaid and leased line internet access subscribers – 2000 – 2013
Table 4 – Broadband subscribers and households – January 2013
Table 5 – Broadband internet traffic volume – 2000 – 2012
Table 6 – Broadband performance pledges – Q4 2012
Table 7 – Digital 21 Strategy – key indicators – April 2013
Table 8 – Broadband ranking evolution top 10 countries – 2008 - 2010
Table 9 – Broadband subscribers by operator – 2007 - 2012
Table 10 – Cable modem internet subscribers – 2000 - 2014
Table 11 – DSL subscribers – 1999 - 2014
Table 12 – FttX subscribers – 2001 - 2014
Table 13 – i-Cable broadband and VoIP subscribers and penetration – 2000 - 2012
Table 14 – i-Cable cable TV subscribers, penetration and ARPU – 1995 – 2012
Table 15 – HKBN triple play subscribers, ARPU and IDD traffic volume – 2003 – 2012
Table 16 – PCCW broadband subscribers – 2000 - 2012
Table 17 – PCCW NOW TV subscribers and ARPU – 2003 - 2012
Table 18 – Internet users and subscribers – 1996 - 2013
Table 19 – Internet traffic volume (PSTN and broadband) – 1997 – 2012
Table 20 – Use of international private leased circuits (IPLCs) – 2002 - 2012
Table 21 – Registered domain names – 2004 – 2013
Table 22 – Forecast broadband subscribers and penetration - higher band: 2013 - 2014; 2018
Table 23 – Forecast broadband subscribers and penetration - lower band: 2013 - 2014; 2018
Table 24 – IPTV subscribers – 2003 - 2012
Table 25 – Cable television subscribers – 2000 - 2012
Chart 1 – Hong Kong broadband internet subscribers and population penetration – 2000 - 2014
Chart 2 – Hong Kong internet subscribers by type – 2000 - 2012
Chart 3 – Hong Kong broadband internet subscribers by access type – 2000 - 2014
Chart 4 – Hong Kong cable modem internet subscribers – 2000 - 2014
Chart 5 – Hong Kong DSL internet subscribers – 2000 - 2014
Chart 6 – Hong Kong cable FttX subscribers – 2007 - 2014
Chart 7 – Hong Kong internet users, subscribers and user penetration – 1997 - 2011
Chart 8 – Hong Kong international capacity and broadband traffic volume – 2002 - 2012

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