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Hong Kong - Telecoms Infrastructure, Operators, Regulations - Statistics and Analyses


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Hong Kong - Telecoms Infrastructure, Operators, Regulations - Statistics and Analyses

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 small size and high population density has meant the country is extensively wired with optical fibre which now represents the majority of fixed broadband connections.

The small size and high population density has meant the country is extensively wired with optical fibre which now represents the majority of fixed broadband connections. International internet connectivity in the form of strategically important submarine cables continues to grow, driven by Hong Kong's status as an international financial hub and its location next to China.

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 4G LTE networks with connectivity complimented by WiFi. Operators have also focused on mobile content and applications to improve customer loyalty and incrementally increase ARPU.

Supported by widely accessible, fast and affordable fixed and mobile broadband, Hong Kong has developed into a digital economy to improve socioeconomic development. Technology has been utilised to improve the quality, accessibility and affordability of commerce, government services, healthcare, education and utilities.

Hong Kong has implemented a strategy to facilitate the development of data centres and Hong Kong continues to expand international connectivity through new submarine cables.

This report provides a concise overview of the Hong Kong telecoms market including fixed telecoms infrastructure, major players and policies that regulatory environment that helped shaped Hong Kong's telecoms market.

Key Developments:

PCCW Global entered into an agreement with Singapore-based Keppel Data Centres to co-develop a new international carrier exchange facility in Hong Kong.
HKBN purchased NWT, which offers a range of fixed line and broadband services in both the business and consumer segments.
Wharf T&T announced plans for an expansion during 2017, including the possibility of launching as an MVNO to improve its portfolio of fixed-mobile convergence products.
OFCA granted Superloop, a dark fibre provider, a unified carrier licence for the Hong Kong market.

Companies mentioned in this report include:

PCCW; HKT; CSL; Hong Kong Broadband Network (HKBN); Hutchison Telecom Hong Kong, i-Cable.


1. Synopsis
2. Key statistics
3. Telecommunications market
3.1 Market overview
3.2 Analysis of the market
4. Regulatory environment
4.1 Historical overview
4.2 Regulatory authority
4.3 OFCA (Office of the Communications Authority)
4.4 Government policies
4.4.1 Telecom Sector Liberalisation
4.4.2 Universal Service Obligation (USO)
4.4.3 Digital 21 IT Strategy
4.4.4 FttB/FttH building registration scheme
4.4.5 Number Portability (NP)
5. Major network operators
5.1 Introduction
5.2 Pacific Century Cyber Works (PCCW) / HKT
5.2.1 Company overview
5.2.2 Company background
5.2.3 PCCW Solutions
5.3 Hong Kong Broadband Network (HKBN)
5.3.1 Company overview
5.4 Hutchison Telecom Hong Kong Holdings (HTHKH)
5.4.1 Company overview
5.4.2 Company background
5.5 i-Cable
6. Telecommunications infrastructure
6.1 Overview of the national telecom network
6.1.1 Fixed-line statistics
6.2 International infrastructure
6.2.1 Submarine cable networks
6.3 Specific IT developments
6.3.1 Data Centres
6.4 M2M, smart infrastructure, connected homes
7. Related reports
Table 1 Country statistics Hong Kong 2016
Table 2 Telephone network statistics 2016
Table 3 Internet statistics 2016
Table 4 Broadband statistics 2016
Table 5 Mobile statistics 2016
Table 6 National telecommunications authorities
Table 7 Digital 21 Strategy key indicators 2014/2016
Table 8 Total fixed numbers ported 2005 - 2016
Table 9 HKBN financial data 2014 - 2016
Table 10 HKBN broadband subscribers business v. residential - 2013 2016
Table 11 i-Cable subscribers per service 2008 - 2016
Table 12 Historic - Fixed-line telephony subscribers 2000 2015
Table 13 Fixed lines and teledensity 2012 - 2016
Table 14 International bandwidth 2012 - 2017
Chart 1 Fixed-lines and teledensity 2006 - 2016
Exhibit 1 Historical - the original' PCCW deal
Exhibit 2 Major submarine cables with landing points in Hong Kong 2015

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