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

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

Hong Kong possesses a small but well developed mobile market and a number of Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs). Intense competition within a small market has led to consolidation, with the number of mobile network operators reduced to four.

Mobile subscriber penetration is now well over 200% due to the high number of tourists visiting Hong Kong and high number of local residents with more than one mobile device. Mobile subscriber growth is expected to be relatively low over the next five years to 2022 due to a highly mature and highly competitive market.

Strong infrastructure-based competition has forced operators to continually upgrade network capacity and speed, deploying mobile broadband technologies such as HSPA and LTE combined with wireless broadband technologies such as WiFi.

Mobile broadband subscriber growth is expected to be relatively low over the next five years to 2022 due to a highly mature mobile subscribers market, with a significant proportion of subscribers already having mobile broadband access.

The government of Hong Kong expects the territory to be among the world's earliest adopters of 5G mobile technology in 2020. During 2017 /2018 a number of Hong Kong Mobile Operators are paving the way for the introduction of 5G services.

Key Developments:

Hong Kong expects the territory to be among the world's earliest adopters of 5G mobile technology in 2020.

SmarTone trialled FDD Massive MIMO technology with Ericsson as part of its development plans towards 5G services.

Mobile broadband subscriber growth is expected to be relatively low over the next five years to 2022

Companies mentioned in this report include:

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


1. Synopsis
2. Market Overview and analysis
2.1 Background
3. Mobile Statistics and Forecasts
4. Mobile Broadband Statistics and Forecasts
5. Regulatory issues
5.1 Licensing
5.1.1 3G Licensing
5.2 Spectrum
5.2.1 2.5GHz Broadband wireless access (4G)
5.2.2 850MHz CDMA2000
5.2.3 1800MHz GSM
5.2.4 2.3GHz
5.2.5 2.1GHz
5.2.6 900MHz/1800MHz
5.3 Mobile number portability (MNP)
6. Mobile infrastructure
6.1 Analogue networks
6.2 Digital networks
6.2.1 GSM/2G
6.2.2 Personal communications services (PCS)/2G
6.2.3 3G and High-speed downlink packet access (HSDPA)
6.2.4 CDMA
6.2.5 CDMA2000
6.2.6 4G LTE (Long-term evolution)/4G
6.2.7 5G
6.3 Other infrastructure developments
6.3.1 Voice over LTE (VoLTE)
6.4 IoT and M2M Networks
7. Major mobile operators
7.1 Operator Statistics
7.2 Hong Kong Telecom (HKT)
7.3 Hutchison Telekom (3 Hutchison)
7.4 SmarTone
7.5 China Mobile Hong Kong
7.6 Mobile virtual network operators (MVNO)
8. Mobile content and applications
8.1 m-Banking
8.2 m-Trading
8.3 m-TV
8.3.1 China Mobile HK's UTV
8.3.2 HKTV
9. Related reports
Table 1 Mobile Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) 2007 - 2022
Table 2 Historic - Mobile subscribers, annual change and penetration 1984 2006
Table 3 Historic - Prepaid and activated SIM cards 1997 - 2015
Table 4 Historic - 3G/4G mobile subscribers 2005 - 2016
Table 5 Historic - Mobile data usage per person 2005 - 2015
Table 6 Historic - SMS messages sent and received 2002 2015
Table 7 Mobile Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) 2009 - 2022
Table 8 Historic - Total mobile numbers ported
Table 9 Mobile operators - subscribers and market share 2017
Table 10 HKT - prepaid and postpaid subscribers 2005 - 2017
Table 11 HKT financial data - (HK$ million) 2016 - 2017
Table 12 3 Hutchison - mobile subscribers 1998 - 2017
Table 13 Historic 3 Hutchison - mobile subscribers 2G and 3G postpaid and total
Table 14 3 Hutchison Services Revenue 2016 - 2017
Table 15 3 Hutchison - postpaid ARPU, AMPU and churn 2010 2017
Table 16 SmarTone financial data 2009 - 2017
Table 17 SmarTone Blended ARPU 2002 - 2017
Table 18 SmarTone subscribers 1998 - 2017
Table 19 SmarTone spectrum holdings January 2015
Table 20 China Mobile Hong Kong Mobile Services Revenue 2016 - 2017
Table 21 China Mobile Hong Kong - subscribers and annual change 1998 - 2017
Table 22 Historic - MVNO subscribers 2005 2016
Chart 1 Mobile Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) 2007 - 2022
Chart 2 Mobile Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) 2009 - 2022
Exhibit 1 HTHKH frequency allocations June 2015

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