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


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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. 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.

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:

Hong Kong has implemented a strategy to facilitate the development of data centres;
Hong Kong continues to expand international connectivity through new submarine cables;
The Hong Kong fixed-line market was remaining flat' with some 3.3 million subscribers, representing a 44% penetration;
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 Financial statistics
5.2.4 Operations statistics
5.2.5 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
5.4.3 Financial statistics
5.4.4 Operational statistics
5.5 i-Cable
5.5.1 Company overview
5.5.2 Financial statistics
5.5.3 Operational statistics
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 2015
Table 2 Telephone network statistics 2015
Table 3 Internet statistics 2015
Table 4 Broadband statistics 2015
Table 5 Mobile statistics 2015
Table 6 National telecommunications authorities
Table 7 Digital 21 Strategy key indicators 2014/2016
Table 8 Total fixed numbers ported 2005 - 2016
Table 9 PCCW financial data 2001 - 2015
Table 10 HKT Revenue breakdown 2009 2015
Table 11 PCCW exchange lines in service 2003 2014
Table 12 PCCW Solutions revenue and EBITDA 2009 - 2015
Table 13 HKBN financial data 2014 - 2015
Table 14 HKBN broadband subscribers business v. residential - 2013 2015
Table 15 HTHKH revenue and profit 2006 2015
Table 16 Hutchison mobile subscribers and annual change 1998 - 2015
Table 17 HTHKH mobile subscribers 2G and 3G postpaid and total - 2008 - 2014
Table 18 Hutchison postpaid ARPU, AMPU and churn 2010 - 2014
Table 19 i-Cable revenue and profit 2005 2014
Table 20 i-Cable subscribers per service 2008 - 2015
Table 21 Fixed-line telephony subscribers 2000 2015
Table 22 External fixed-line telephone traffic volume in minutes 1997 2015
Table 23 External telecommunications facilities capacity 2000 - 2015
Chart 1 Hong Kong fixed-line telephony subscribers 2000 - 2015
Exhibit 1 Historical - the original' PCCW deal
Exhibit 2 HTHKH frequency allocations June 2015
Exhibit 3 Major submarine cables with landing points in Hong Kong 2015

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