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Hong Kong - Mobile Communications - Market Overview, Statistics and Forecasts


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Growth in Hong Kong’s mobile phone market has continued to grow despite having reached saturation point in 2002. Going into 2013 penetration was over 230%. With a population of over seven million, the market is effectively saturated but has continued to remain competitive through preparedness among the operators to embrace new technology opportunities and be innovative with solution offerings. This report provides statistics and insights into Hong Kong’s dynamic mobile market including the increasing uptake of 3G/4G services after the introduction of LTE. In addition mobile forecasts are included up to 2018 for the total market and specifically for 3G/4G.

Key Developments:

Mobile penetration trends above 230%; 3G/4G becomes the dominant network technology – over 55% of all subscribers; strong growth impacts forecasts upwards; mobile data usage skyrockets 50% in a year boosted by increased smartphone and tablet adoption; OTT services impact SMS traffic; additional 50MHz of spectrum awarded in 2.5/2.6GHz band; China Mobile (Hong Kong) launches mobile TV network

Companies covered in this report include:

PCCW; SmarTone; Hutchison Telecom; New World Telecom; CSL; China Mobile HK


1. Synopsis
2. Mobile communications market
2.1 Overview
2.2 Market status 2013
2.3 Mobile statistics
2.3.1 Mobile subscribers 1984-2012
2.3.2 Mobile prepaid cards 1997-2013
2.3.3 Mobile subscribers by operator
3. Regulatory issues
3.1 Mobile number portability (MNP)
3.2 Spectrum licensing
3.2.1 2.5GHz – Broadband wireless access (4G)
3.2.2 850MHz – CMDA2000
3.2.3 1800MHz – GSM
3.2.4 680MHz – Mobile TV
3.2.5 2.3GHz
3.2.6 2.1GHz
3.2.7 1900MHz
4. Mobile technologies
4.1 Analogue
4.2 Telepoint CT-2
4.3 GSM/2G
4.4 Personal communications services (PCS)/2G
4.5 High-speed circuit-switched data (HSCSD)
4.6 General packet radio service (GPRS)
4.7 Enhanced data for GSM evolution (EDGE)
4.8 High-speed downlink packet access (HSDPA)
4.9 CDMA
4.10 CDMA2000
4.11 Third Generation (3G) mobile
4.11.1 Licensing
4.11.2 3G launches
4.11.3 3G statistics
4.12 LTE (Long-term evolution)/4G
4.12.1 4G launches - CSL
4.12.2 4G launches – China Mobile Hong Kong
4.12.3 4G launches – Genius Brand (Hutchison and PCCW)
4.12.4 4G launches - SmarTone
5. Mobile virtual network operators (MVNO)
6. Mobile services
6.1 Short message service (SMS)
6.2 Mobile data usage
7. Mobile content
7.1 Background
7.2 Mobile phone versus smartphone usage
7.2.1 Who owns a smartphone?
7.2.2 What do they use a smartphone for?
7.2.3 What to look for in your mobile operator
7.3 Smartphones and tablets
7.4 Mobile TV
7.4.1 Background
7.4.2 Spectrum auction
7.4.3 China Mobile Hong Kong launches mobile TV network
7.5 Mobile music
7.6 Stock trading
8. Forecasts
8.1 Forecast total mobile and 3G subscribers – 2013-2014; 2018
8.2 Forecasting methodology
9. Related reports
Table 1 – Mobile subscribers and annual change – 1984 - 2014
Table 2 – Prepaid and activated SIM cards – 1997 – 2013
Table 3 – Mobile operators, technology, subscribers and annual change – March 2009
Table 4 – Selected mobile operator subscribers and market share – December 2012
Table 5 – Operator market share by subscribers – 2003 – 2011
Table 6 – Total mobile numbers ported – 1999 – 2012
Table 7 – Analogue subscribers and annual change – 1984 - 1997
Table 8 – GSM 2G subscribers and annual change – 1993 – 2012
Table 9 – PCS subscribers and annual change – 1997 – 2008
Table 10 – 2.5G subscribers – 2002 – 2012
Table 11 – 3G/4G mobile subscribers – 2005 – 2012
Table 12 – MVNO subscribers – 2005 – 2012
Table 13 – SMS messages sent and received – 2002 – 2012
Table 14 – SMS statistics for Christmas Day and New Years Day – 2005 - 2013
Table 15 – SMS statistics for Valentine’s Day and Chinese New Year Day – 2006 – 2013
Table 16 – Mobile data usage – 2002 – 2012
Table 17 – Forecast mobile subscribers and penetration higher band forecast – 2013 - 2014; 2018
Table 18 – Forecast mobile subscribers and penetration lower band forecast – 2013 - 2014; 2018
Chart 1 – Hong Kong mobile subscriber growth, population penetration – 1995 - 2012
Chart 2 – Hong Kong technology market share – 1990 - 2012
Chart 3 – Hong Kong 3G/4G mobile subscribers – 2005 - 2012
Chart 4 – Quality profile of smartphone users – end 2010
Exhibit 1 – Mobile virtual network operator licensees – April 2013
Exhibit 2 – Top 10 activities on mobile phones versus smartphones – 2010

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