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Hong Kong - Fixed Broadband Market, Digital Economy and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses


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Hong Kong - Fixed Broadband Market, Digital Economy and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses

The extensive roll-out of fixed broadband infrastructure has allowed Hong Kong to provide almost all households with access to high-speed broadband connectivity. Deployments by competing operators have resulted in strong competition, driving rapid growth in broadband subscriptions to levels approaching saturation. Not surprisingly investment has focused on fibre access networks due to inherent advantage of fibre access networks over competing platforms such as DSL or HFC, especially in the geographically compact territory of Hong Kong.

WiFi has come into renewed focus in Hong Kong as a means to alleviate the impact of smartphones on 4G network performance during peak usage periods. Hong Kong's government has also deployed WiFi as part of initiatives to improve accessibility to digital economy services.

This report provides an overview of the fixed 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 2020.

Underpinned by widely accessible, fast and affordable fixed and mobile broadband, Hong Kong has developed into a digital economy to improve socio-economic development. Technology has been utilised to improve the quality, accessibility and affordability of commerce, government services, healthcare, education and utilities.

One of the earliest and biggest adopters of technology has been Hong Kong's digital media industry. Starting with terrestrial and cable networks, access to digital media is now possible through fixed and mobile broadband networks. Increasing disaggregation between content providers and distributors has allowed OTT video and music providers, both legal and illegal, to flourish in Hong Kong.

This report offers a concise overview of developments within Hong Kong's digital economy and media market together with relevant statistical information.

Key Developments:

Fibre accounts for over half of all broadband subscriptions and will account for an increasing proportion of total subscriptions;

Operators are focusing on WiFi to improve network capacity by complementing existing 3G/LTE mobile broadband networks;

Increased activity in the setting up and offering of cloud services;

HKBN purchased NWT, which offers a range of fixed line and broadband services.

Companies mentioned in this report include:

PCCW/HKT/CSL; Hong Kong Broadband Network (HKBN); i-Cable; NOW TV, TVB, ATV, KKBox, Soliton, Spotify, Viu, Hutchison Global Communications Ltd (HGC), SmarTone.


1. Synopsis
2. Broadband market
2.1 Market Overview and Analysis
2.2 Developments
2.3 Statistical overview
2.3.1 Internet statistics
2.3.2 Broadband statistics
2.4 Forecasts Fixed broadband subscribers 2016; 2018;2021
3. Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
4. Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) Networks
5. Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP)
5.1 Overview
5.2 Hong Kong Broadband Network (HKBN)
5.3 HKT
5.4 i-Cable
6. Other fixed broadband services
6.1 WiFi
7. Digital Economy
7.1 Introduction
7.2 E-Commerce
7.3 E-Payments
7.4 E-Government
7.4.1 E-government statistics
7.4.2 Central Cyber Government Office (CCGO)
7.4.3 E-Government Infrastructure Services (EGIS)
7.4.4 E-government network
7.4.5 Smart Card
7.5 E-Health
7.5.1 Overview of Hong Kong's healthcare system
7.5.2 ICT usage in Hong Kong's healthcare system
7.5.3 Electronic Health Record
7.5.4 Improving the accuracy of drug dispensing
7.6 E-Education
7.7 Smart Grids
7.7.1 Overview of Hong Kong's electricity market
7.7.2 Regulatory incentives for renewables
7.7.3 Smart Grid developments
7.8 Smart Cities
8. Digital media
8.1 Introduction
8.1.1 Pay TV
8.2 Key Digital Media Players
8.2.1 PCCW
8.2.2 i-cable
8.2.3 Television Broadcasts Ltd (TVB)
8.2.4 Asia Television Ltd (ATV)
8.3 Hybrid fibre coax cable (HFC) and microwave multipoint distribution system (MMDS)
8.4 Internet Protocol TV (IPTV)
8.5 Analogue transmission
8.6 Digital terrestrial transmission
8.7 Videostreaming
8.8 Social Media
8.9 Communications: VoIP, messaging, conferencing
8.10 Music
8.10.1 Introduction
8.10.2 Major players
9. Related reports
Table 1 Internet users and penetration 2005 - 2016
Table 2 Fixed Internet subscribers and penetration 2005 - 2016
Table 3 Narrowband internet access subscribers 2000 - 2016
Table 4 Fixed broadband internet access subscribers 2000 - 2016
Table 5 Residential broadband subscriptions by technology platform 2010 - 2016
Table 6 Residential broadband ARPU 2010 - 2016
Table 7 PCCW broadband subscribers 2007 - 2016
Table 8 Forecast Fixed Broadband subscribers 2012 - 2016; 2018; 2021
Table 9 Hong Kong Broadband residential broadband subscribers 2010 - 2017
Table 10 HKT fibre broadband subscribers 2003 2016
Table 11 Number of public WiFi access point and WiFi zones 2007 - 2016
Chart 1 Hong Kong Internet users and fixed Internet subscribers 2005 - 2016
Exhibit 1 Digital economy key developments
Exhibit 2 Popular online activities
Exhibit 3 Advantages of e-learning
Exhibit 4 Transmission modes employed by TV licensees
Exhibit 5 TV broadcasting licensees
Exhibit 6 Radio broadcasting licensees

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