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

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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.

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

Key Developments:

Strong adoption of 3G and LTE;
At the same time, total mobile subscriber number fell in 2015 as customers transitioned to these newer generation offering:
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;
Data downloads continue to grow, with the average data downloaded per subscriber running at around 1.4GB per month (December 2015 data);
Hutchison Telecom announced plans to launch a commercial FDD/TDD LTE-A service, becoming the first operator in Hong Kong to commit to this;
OFCA launched a public consultation on the question of re-assigning spectrum in the 900MHz and 1800MHz bands.
HKT demonstrated a pilot 4.5G 1Gb/s mobile network, claiming the trial as a world first.

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 total mobile and 3G/LTE subscribers 2017; 2020
3.4.1 Scenario forecasts
3.4.2 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, 3G, 4G, 5G
5.2.2 GSM/2G
5.2.3 Personal communications services (PCS)/2G
5.2.4 3G and High-speed downlink packet access (HSDPA)
5.2.5 CDMA
5.2.6 CDMA2000
5.2.7 LTE (Long-term evolution)/4G
5.2.8 Hutchison Telekom (3)
5.2.9 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 PCCW/Hong Kong Telecom / CSL
6.2 Hutchison Telekom Hong Kong Holdings (HTHKH)
6.3 SmarTone
6.3.1 Company overview
6.3.2 Company background
6.3.3 Financial statistics
6.3.4 Operational statistics
6.4 China Mobile Hong Kong
6.5 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 Smartphone penetration by age group 2014
Table 4 Prepaid and activated SIM cards 1997 - 2015
Table 5 Major mobile operators - subscribers and market share 2013
Table 6 Major mobile operators - subscribers and market share June 2015
Table 7 3G/4G mobile subscribers 2005 - 2016
Table 8 Mobile data usage per person 2005 - 2015
Table 9 SMS messages sent and received 2002 2015
Table 10 Mobile broadband subscriber penetration 2009 2014
Table 11 Forecast mobile subscribers and penetration higher band forecast 2017; 2020
Table 12 Forecast mobile subscribers and penetration lower band forecast 2017; 2020
Table 13 Total mobile numbers ported 1999 2015
Table 14 PCCW prepaid and postpaid subscribers 2005 - 2015
Table 15 Hutchison mobile subscribers and annual change 1998 2015
Table 16 SmarTone financial data 2009 - 2016
Table 17 SmarTone Blended ARPU 2002 - 2015
Table 18 SmarTone subscribers and annual change 1998 - 2015
Table 19 SmarTone spectrum holdings January 2015
Table 20 China Mobile Hong Kong - subscribers and annual change 1998 - 2015
Table 21 MVNO subscribers 2005 2016
Table 22 Mobile data usage 2002 2015
Chart 1 Mobile subscribers and penetration 2006 - 2015
Chart 2 Hong Kong 3G/4G mobile subscribers 2005 - 2014

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