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

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. Internationally, Hong Kong's broadband penetration rate is among the highest in the world.

Broadband investment initially focused on DSL and HFC technology platforms although operators have switched focus to higher bandwidth fibre access platforms, due to inherent advantage of fibre access networks over competing platforms, especially in the geographically compact territory of Hong Kong.

Fixed-line broadband market penetration has grown slowly over the past five years in a highly mature market. Over the next five years to 2022 growth is expected to continue to increase slowly.

Demand for broadband is driven by consumption of bandwidth-intensive online services such as OTT video, music and games; the proliferation of Internet connected devices including TVs, smartphones, tablets and PCs; and increasing usage of corporate broadband services that include cloud services and software.

Underpinned by widely accessible, fast and affordable fixed and mobile broadband services, 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.

Key Developments:

Increasing disaggregation between content providers and distributors has allowed OTT video and music providers to flourish.

Fixed-line broadband market penetration has grown slowly over the past five years in a highly mature market.

WiFi has come into renewed focus in Hong Kong as a means to alleviate the impact of smartphones on 4G network performance.

Companies mentioned in this report include:

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


1. Synopsis
2. Broadband market
2.1 Market Overview and Analysis
3. Fixed Broadband Statistics and Forecasts
4. Fixed Broadband Service Providers
5. Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
6. Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) Networks
7. Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP)
7.1 Overview
7.2 Hong Kong Broadband Network (HKBN)
7.3 HKT
7.4 i-Cable
8. Other fixed broadband services
8.1 WiFi
9. Digital Economy
9.1 Introduction
9.2 E-Commerce
9.3 E-Payments
9.4 E-Government
9.4.1 E-government statistics
9.4.2 E-Government Infrastructure Services (EGIS)
9.4.3 E-government network
9.4.4 Smart Card
9.5 E-Health
9.5.1 Overview of Hong Kong's healthcare system
9.5.2 ICT usage in Hong Kong's healthcare system
9.5.3 Electronic Health Record
9.5.4 Improving the accuracy of drug dispensing
9.6 E-Education
10. Digital media
10.1 Introduction
10.2 Pay TV
10.3 Key Digital Media Players
10.3.1 PCCW
10.3.2 i-cable
10.3.3 Television Broadcasts Ltd (TVB)
10.3.4 Asia Television Ltd (ATV)
10.4 Hybrid fibre coax cable (HFC) and microwave multipoint distribution system (MMDS)
10.5 Internet Protocol TV (IPTV)
10.6 Analogue transmission
10.7 Digital terrestrial transmission
10.8 Videostreaming
10.9 Social Media
10.10 Communications: VoIP, messaging, conferencing
10.11 Music
10.11.1 Introduction
10.11.2 Major players
11. Related reports
Table 1 Fixed Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) 2007 - 2022
Table 2 Internet Users and Penetration 2007 - 2017
Table 3 Historic - Fixed broadband internet access subscribers 2000 - 2016
Table 4 Historic - Residential broadband subscriptions by technology platform 2010 - 2016
Table 5 Historic - Residential broadband ARPU 2010 - 2016
Table 6 HKT - broadband subscribers (thousands) 2007 - 2017
Table 7 Hong Kong Broadband residential broadband subscribers 2010 - 2017
Table 8 HKT total broadband subscribers (millions) 2011 2017
Table 9 HKT fibre broadband subscribers 2003 2017
Table 10 Number of public WiFi access point and WiFi zones 2007 - 2016
Chart 1 Fixed Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) 2007 - 2022
Chart 2 Internet Users and Penetration 2007 - 2017
Exhibit 1 Popular online activities
Exhibit 2 Advantages of e-learning
Exhibit 3 Transmission modes employed by TV licensees
Exhibit 4 TV broadcasting licensees
Exhibit 5 Radio broadcasting licensees

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