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Hong Kong - Key Statistics, Forecasts, Telecom Market and Regulatory Overviews


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Consistent with its status as one of the leading telecommunications economies in the world, Hong Kong has built world-class telecom infrastructure and has developed one of the most dynamic telecommunications markets in the world. The Special Administrative Region has one of the world’s highest penetrations in mobiles, internet and broadband. Hong Kong’s regulator, the Office of the Communications Authority, has played a major role in developing the telecom sector. In addition to Hong Kong’s strong technology edge, its close geographical proximity to mainland China makes it a key gateway for foreign telecom companies and equipment vendors. Hong Kong is also a key regional telecommunications hub and is the landing point for a significant number of strategically important submarine cables. This report provides a statistical view of the Hong Kong telecoms market including the established television industry which is being challenged by broadband television. Forecasts are included for the fixed-line market for 2013-2014 and 2018.

Key Developments:

The internet is responsible for over 6% of GDP; fixed line subscribers continue to decline, impacted by increased IP telephony usage coupled with an element of mobile substitution; broadband is used by 90% of households; mobile subscriptions trend above 230% penetration levels; 45% increase in equipped submarine capacity over 2012 and 27% increase in activated submarine capacity; deferred switch off of analogue TV to end 2015

Companies covered in this report include:

PCCW; Hong Kong Broadband Network; SmarTone; Hutchison Telecom; Wharf T&T; iCable; New World Telecom; City Telecom; CSL; China Mobile HK


1. Synopsis
2. Key statistics
3. Country overview
3.1 Background
3.2 Hong Kong’s economy
4. Telecommunications market
4.1 Overview of Hong Kong’s telecom market
4.2 Competition in the market
4.3 Market pricing
4.3.1 2008
4.3.2 2011
4.4 Focus on innovation in a mature market
5. Telecommunications market sectors
5.1 Fixed-line and mobile phones
5.2 Fixed telecommunications services – background
5.2.1 Fixed-line statistics by business and residential subscribers
5.2.2 IP telephony statistics by business and residential subscribers
5.3 Internet and broadband
5.4 Submarine cable networks
5.5 Television broadcasting
5.5.1 Overview
5.5.2 Transmission modes
5.5.3 Pay TV
5.5.4 Free-to-air (FTA) television
6. Regulatory environment
6.1 Overview
6.2 OFCA (Office of the Communications Authority)
6.2.1 OFTA (Office of the Telecommunications Authority)
6.3 Regulatory developments – 2000-2013
7. Forecasts
7.1 Forecast fixed line subscribers – 2013-2014; 2018
7.2 Forecasting methodology
8. Related reports
Table 1 – Country statistics Hong Kong – 2013
Table 2 – Telecommunications revenue and investment – 2012 (e)
Table 3 – Telephone network statistics – January 2013
Table 4 – Internet statistics – March 2013
Table 5 – Broadband statistics – January 2013
Table 6 – Mobile statistics – January 2013
Table 7 – National telecommunications authorities
Table 8 – Hong Kong telecoms service revenue and capex – 1994 – 2011
Table 9 – Number of telecoms operators by category – March 2013
Table 10 – Fixed line versus mobile subscriptions and penetration rates – 1998 - 2014
Table 11 – Fixed-line telephony subscribers – 2000 – 2013
Table 12 – External fixed-line telephone traffic volume in minutes – 1997 – 2012
Table 13 – IP telephony subscribers – 2007 - 2013
Table 14 – External telecommunications facilities capacity of Hong Kong – 2000 - 2012
Table 15 – Broadcasting service statistics – March 2013
Table 16 – TV household penetration by licence type – March 2013
Table 17 – TV channels provided by all TV licensees in Hong Kong – 2000 - 2012
Table 18 – Hong Kong households’ TV coverage by transmission modes – December 2009
Table 19 – Digital terrestrial television population coverage – 2007 - 2011
Table 20 – Pay TV subscribers – 2000 - 2010
Table 21 – Forecast fixed-line subscribers and penetration - higher band – 2013 - 2014; 2018
Table 22 – Forecast fixed-line subscribers and penetration - lower band – 2013 - 2014; 2018
Chart 1 – Hong Kong service revenue and capex – 1995 - 2011
Chart 2 – Hong Kong fixed-line and mobile subscribers – 1995 - 2014
Chart 3 – Hong Kong fixed-line telephony subscribers – 2000 - 2013
Chart 4 – Hong Kong IP telephony subscribers – 2007 - 2013
Exhibit 1 – Map of Hong Kong
Exhibit 2 – Licensees and issue dates – April 2013
Exhibit 3 – Major operators by service type - 2011
Exhibit 4 – Major submarine cables with landing points in Hong Kong – 2012
Exhibit 5 –TV broadcasting licensees – March 2013
Exhibit 6 – Transmission modes employed by TV licensees

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