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Macau - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Forecasts

1. Executive summary
2. Key statistics
3. Country overview
3.1 Background
3.2 Macau’s economy
4. Telecommunications market
4.1 Overview of Macau’s telecom market
4.2 Investment in Macau’s telecom market
4.3 The future challenges for Macau’s telecom market
4.4 The end of telecoms concession – way forward for Macau
4.5 Macau poised for full market liberalisation
5. Regulatory environment
5.1 The regulator
5.2 Legal and regulatory environment for ICT development
5.3 Liberalisation
6. Fixed-line infrastructure
7. Internet market
7.1 Background
7.2 Internet statistics
7.3 Internet survey results
7.4 Macau international internet bandwidth
7.5 Online services
7.5.1 E-Macao
7.6 Country code domain names
8. Broadband market
8.1 Overview
8.2 Statistics
8.3 WiFi
8.4 E-commerce
8.5 Cloud computing
8.5.1 Cloud computing - CTM
9. Mobile communications
9.1 Overview of Macau’s mobile market
9.2 Mobile statistics
10. broadcasting market
10.1 Cable TV statistics
10.2 MCTV (Macau Cable TV) conflict
10.3 Satellite TV
11. Major operators
11.1 Compahnia de Telecomunicações de Macau (CTM)
11.1.1 Background
11.1.2 Overview
11.1.3 Mobile
11.1.4 Broadband
11.1.5 Operational statistics
11.2 3 Macau (Hutchison Telecom Macau)
11.3 SmarTone Mobile Communications (Macau) Ltd
11.4 China Telecom
12. Forecasts
12.1 Forecast mobile subscribers – 2012-2013; 2017
12.2 Forecasting methodology
13. Related reports
Table 1 – Country statistics Macau – 2013
Table 2 – Telecommunications revenue and investment statistics – 2012 (e)
Table 3 – Telephone network statistics – December 2012
Table 4 – Internet user statistics – December 2012
Table 5 – Broadband statistics – December 2012
Table 6 – Mobile statistics – December 2012
Table 7 – National telecommunications authorities
Table 8 – Number of operators by service – February 2013
Table 9 – Macau telecommunications investment and revenue – 1995 – 2011
Table 10 – Fixed-lines and teledensity – 1985 - 2014
Table 11 – Internet users and penetration rate – 1994 - 2012
Table 12 – Internet subscribers – 1996 - 2014
Table 13 – Macau international internet bandwidth – 1997 - 2012
Table 14 – E-government services used – 2010
Table 15 – Number of registered domain names of ‘mo’ – 1998 – 2010
Table 16 – Broadband subscribers and households – December 2012
Table 17 – Broadband subscribers – 2001 – 2014
Table 18 – Growth of online household computers – 2003 – 2010
Table 19 – WiFi Hotspots – 2008 – 2013
Table 20 – Mobile subscribers total and prepaid and penetration rate – 1990 – 2014
Table 21 – Mobile subscribers by operator and annual change – March 2009
Table 22 – Mobile subscribers 2G and 3G – 2007 – 2013
Table 23 – Local SMS statistics: Christmas, Lunar and New Years holidays – 2008 – 2012
Table 24 – Local Mobile Data Usage (MB) – Special Dates 2013
Table 25 – Broadcasting statistical overview – 2009
Table 26 – Household cable TV connections 2003 – 2010
Table 27 – CTM mobile, fixed-line and broadband subscribers and ARPU: 2007 - 2012
Table 28 – Forecast mobile subscribers and penetration – higher band: 2013 - 2014; 2018
Table 29 – Forecast mobile subscribers and penetration – lower band: 2013 - 2014; 2018
Chart 1: Fixed and mobile subscribers: 2000 - 2014
Chart 2: Internet adoption rate and digital dividend index – 2001 - 2010
Chart 3: Location of access to the internet by users – 2004; 2010
Chart 4: Major activities by internet users aged 18-84 – 2011
Chart 5: Internet adoption by age – 2001 – 2010
Chart 6: Internet household penetration by access type – 2001 – 2010
Chart 7: Mobile subscribers by technology – 2000 – 2014
Exhibit 1 – Map of Macau

Moving to fixed-line competition

Macau is situated at the Pearl River Delta on the southeast coast of Mainland China, only 60km southwest of Hong Kong. Colonised by the Portuguese in the 16th century, Macau was the first European settlement in the Far East. Pursuant to an agreement signed by China and Portugal in 1987, Macau became the Macau Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People’s Republic of China in 1999 after 400 years of Portuguese rule. In this agreement Macau would enjoy a high degree of autonomy in all matters except foreign and defence affairs for the next 50 years. The Basic Law provides for an independent executive, legislature and judiciary.

Macau has built itself a strong modern telecoms infrastructure and large scale infrastructure projects continue to provide opportunity for expansion to telecommunications operators.

While fixed lines reached an effective saturation point a few years ago and penetration is steadily declining, the country’s mobile market is one of the most highly penetrated in the world. There were over 1.6 million mobile subscribers going into 2013, representing a penetration rate of over 275%, although many of these are prepaid subscriptions. Rapid growth in the mobile sector can be attributed to strong competition since the opening of the market in 2001. The advent of 3G in 2007 has seen the 2G share of the market slip to below 1%. The 2G network switch-off has been delayed from mid-2012 to 2015, giving the regulator time to assess 4G opportunities in the interim.

Macau’s internet user penetration rates are amongst the highest in the world at close to 70%. Broadband population penetration remains below 25%, an indication of the lack of competition in the fixed-line sector. However, the incumbent CTM launched FttX broadband services in 2010 and expects to have 100% coverage by 2015. In December 2011 CTM’s exclusive telecommunications concession for fixed-line services in Macau came to an end.

In mid 2012 Macau Cable TV, the country’s sole cable TV provider, announced that it was prepared to invest US$25 million in the local telecoms market and was open to cooperation with other local operators. Macau Cable TV does not currently offer broadband internet or telephony services. Neither did the company come forward in the government’s tender for two new fixed network operating licences after the liberalisation of the sector at the end of 2011. The sole company to submit an application by the deadline of 27 March 2012 was locally-incorporated MTel Telecommunications.

In early 2013, Cable & Wireless Plc confirmed that it had agreed to sell its controlling 51% stake in CTM for US$750 million to Hong Kong-based Citic Telecom International Holdings. Concurrently, Citic Telecom agreed to acquire the 28% stake in CTM held by Portugal Telecom for US$410 million. The two transactions will give Citic a 99% stake in CTMS’s fixed, wireless and broadband operations.

The new fixed network operating licenses had yet to be awarded by April 2013.
Macau – internet, broadband and mobile statistics – 2005; 2012; 2013
Sector | 2005 | 2012 | 2013 (e)
Internet users | 252,000 | 366,500 | 370,000
Broadband subscribers | 68,000 | 144,300 | 147,000
Mobile subscribers | 533,000 | 1,613,500 | 1,710,000
3G percentage | - | 99% | 100%
(Source: BuddeComm based on industry data and BuddeComm forecasts)

Data in this report is the latest available at the time of preparation and may not be for the current year.


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