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Hong Kong - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses


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Hong Kong - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses

Hong Kong possesses a small but well developed market comprised of four highly competitive mobile operators and a number of Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs). A highly saturated market means revenue growth is largely dependent on increasing ARPU or enticing customers from competitors through aggressive sales and marketing tactics.

Mobile broadband services are widely supported through deployment of competing HSPA/LTE networks, with approximately three quarters of the population owning a smartphone and connecting to 3G and LTE networks with connectivity complimented by WiFi. Operators have also focused on mobile content and applications to improve customer loyalty and incrementally increase ARPU.

Future investments will focus on increasing network capacity and speed through combining TDD and FDD LTE platforms as well as shifting investment from 3G to LTE as end users upgrade from 3G to LTE handsets.

During 2017 a number of Hong Kong Mobile Operators began paving the way for the introduction of 5G services:

This report offers a concise overview of developments within Hong Kong's mobile infrastructure together with relevant statistical information.



Key Developments:



Operators have been launching Voice over WiFi (VoWiFi) to build on previous WiFi deployments;

Operators have been increasing network speeds through deployment of TDD and FDD aggregation technology;

SmarTone conducted Hong Kong's first demonstration of 5G technology using millimetre wave (mmWave) spectrum.

3 Hong Kong is working with Huawei to prepare for future introduction of 5G services.

China Mobile Hong Kong successfully migrated its legacy networks to a cloud core network to prepare the way for future 5G services.

China Mobile Hong Kong contracted Huawei to deploy an LTE-Advanced Pro 4.5G network as it moves towards a 5G future.



Companies mentioned in this report include:



PCCW, Hutchison Telecom Hong Kong Holdings (3), SmarTone, Vodafone, China Mobile, China Mobile HK, CITIC Telecom.


1. Synopsis
2. Market analysis
3. Mobile statistics
3.1 General statistics
3.1.1 3G/4G statistics
3.2 Mobile data
3.2.1 SMS and MMS
3.3 Mobile broadband statistics
3.4 Forecasts mobile subscribers 2016; 2018; 2021
3.4.1 Notes on scenario forecasts
4. Regulatory issues
4.1 Licensing
4.1.1 3G Licensing
4.2 Spectrum
4.2.1 2.5GHz Broadband wireless access (4G)
4.2.2 850MHz CDMA2000
4.2.3 1800MHz GSM
4.2.4 2.3GHz
4.2.5 2.1GHz
4.2.6 900MHz/1800MHz
4.3 Mobile number portability (MNP)
5. Mobile infrastructure
5.1 Analogue networks
5.2 Digital networks
5.2.1 GSM/2G
5.2.2 Personal communications services (PCS)/2G
5.2.3 3G and High-speed downlink packet access (HSDPA)
5.2.4 CDMA
5.2.5 CDMA2000
5.2.6 4G LTE (Long-term evolution)/4G
5.2.7 4.5G
5.3 Other infrastructure developments
5.3.1 Voice over LTE (VoLTE)
5.4 IoT and M2M Networks
6. Major mobile operators
6.1 Statistics
6.2 PCCW/Hong Kong Telecom / CSL
6.3 Hutchison Telekom (3 Hutchison)
6.4 SmarTone
6.4.1 Company overview
6.4.2 Company background
6.4.3 Financial statistics
6.4.4 Operational statistics
6.5 China Mobile Hong Kong
6.6 Mobile virtual network operators (MVNO)
7. Mobile content and applications
7.1 m-Banking
7.2 m-Trading
7.3 m-TV
7.3.1 Background
7.3.2 Spectrum auction
7.3.3 China Mobile HK's UTV
7.3.4 HKTV
8. Related reports
Table 1 Mobile subscribers, annual change and penetration 2006 - 2016
Table 2 Historical - Mobile subscribers, annual change and penetration 1984 2005
Table 3 Prepaid and activated SIM cards 1997 - 2015
Table 4 3G/4G mobile subscribers 2005 - 2016
Table 5 Mobile data usage per person 2005 - 2015
Table 6 SMS messages sent and received 2002 2015
Table 7 Mobile broadband subscriber penetration 2009 2016
Table 8 Forecast mobile subscriber growth 2016; 2018; 2021
Table 9 Total mobile numbers ported 1999 2015
Table 10 Mobile operators - subscribers and market share 2016
Table 11 Historic - Mobile operators - subscribers and market share
Table 12 PCCW prepaid and postpaid subscribers 2005 - 2016
Table 13 Hutchison mobile subscribers and annual change 1998 2016
Table 14 Historic - HTHKH mobile subscribers 2G and 3G postpaid and total
Table 15 Hutchison postpaid ARPU, AMPU and churn 2010 2016
Table 16 SmarTone financial data 2009 - 2016
Table 17 SmarTone Blended ARPU 2002 - 2016
Table 18 SmarTone subscribers and annual change 1998 - 2016
Table 19 SmarTone spectrum holdings January 2015
Table 20 China Mobile Hong Kong - subscribers and annual change 1998 - 2016
Table 21 MVNO subscribers 2005 2016
Chart 1 - Mobile subscribers, annual change and penetration 2006 - 2016
Exhibit 1 HTHKH frequency allocations June 2015

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