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Macau - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Macau - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Macau's smart city project gains momentum

Macau boasts a sophisticated, independently regulated communications market. Gradual liberalisation has now fully opened the telecoms market with the full impact slowly becoming evident.

Fixed line subscriptions in Macau continue to fall. Macau's fixed-line market is transitioning to a fibre broadband market as CTM invests significantly in fibre access networks, a project made possible given Macau's high population density.

Fixed-line broadband market penetration has grown slowly over the past five years in a highly mature market. Over the next five years to 2023 growth is expected to further subside, as the remainder of the ADSL customers are predicted to migrate to fibre access.

Competition is intense in Macau's mobile market, with four mobile network operators and a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) offering services. All four operators offer 4G LTE services.

Mobile subscriber and mobile penetration rates are high, exceeding 300%; this high figure is due to the in excess of 20 million visitors that visit Macau annually as well as the usage of multiple sim cards by mobile subscribers. Mobile broadband has presented mobile operators with an additional revenue growth opportunity, driving investment in 4G LTE and 5G networks.

Following the introduction of the global 5G standard, CTM has begun testing 5G wireless technology. If the 5G license and spectrum arrangements progress well, 5G in Macau will synchronize with the neighbouring regions which plan to launch 5G services for commercial use in 2020.

Macau's smart city project is being developed outside mainland China. This project will span different areas such as transportation, medical services, tourism and e-government, with certain aspects being implemented by 2019.

Key Developments:

CTM opened its data centre in Hong Kong.
Macau's smart city project is being developed outside mainland China.
Fibre is cannibalising Macau's largely ADSL-based broadband subscriber base.
Market liberalisation and network coverage targets on new entrants is driving fibre investment.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Compahnia de Telecomunicações de Macau (CTM), MTel, Macau Cable TV, Macau Basic Television Channels Limited, MOOV, KKBox, Soliton, SmarTone, 3 Macau, China Telecom.


  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • KEY STATISTICS
    • Table Country Statistics, Major Operators and Telco Authorities - 2018 (e)
    • Table Top Level Country Statistics - 2018 (e)
  • COUNTRY OVERVIEW
    • BACKGROUND
    • MACAU'S ECONOMY
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET
    • MARKET OVERVIEW AND ANALYSIS
    • REGIONAL ASIAN MARKET COMPARISON
    • BACKGROUND
  • REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT
    • HISTORICAL OVERVIEW
    • REGULATORY AUTHORITY
    • LIBERALISATION AND REGULATORY DEVELOPMENTS
    • LICENSING
      • Table Number of licensed operators by service - 2018
  • FIXED NETWORK OPERATORS
    • COMPAHNIA DE TELECOMUNICAÇÕ ES DE MACAU (CTM)
      • Table Historic - CTM mobile, fixed-line and broadband subscribers and ARPU: 2007 - 2012
    • MTEL
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE
    • OVERVIEW OF THE NATIONAL TELECOM NETWORK
      • Table Fixed Line Subscriptions and Penetration - 2007 - 2018
      • Table Fixed-line subscribers - residential v. business - 2010 - 2018
      • Table Historic Fixed-lines and teledensity - 1985 - 2008
    • INTERNATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE
    • DATA CENTRES
  • SMART INFRASTRUCTURE
    • SMART CITIES
  • FIXED-LINE BROADBAND MARKET
    • MARKET OVERVIEW
    • BROADBAND STATISTICS AND FORECASTS
      • Table Fixed Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) - 2008 - 2023
      • Table Fixed Broadband Subscribers- Fibre vs ADSL - 2018
      • Table Internet Users and Penetration - 2007 - 2018
      • Table Internet Users and Penetration - 2007 - 2018
      • Table Historic - Internet users and penetration rate - 1994 - 2006
      • Table International internet bandwidth - 2007 - 2017
    • FIXED-LINE BROADBAND TECHNOLOGIES
      • Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
      • Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) and Fibre-To-The-Home (FttH)
      • Other fixed broadband services
        • Table WiFi Hotspots - 2008 - 2018
  • MOBILE MARKET
    • INTRODUCTION
    • MOBILE STATISTICS AND FORECASTS
      • Table Mobile Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) - 2007 - 2023
      • Table Mobile Subscribers by category - 2018
      • Table Historic - Mobile subscribers total and prepaid and penetration rate - 1990 - 2007
    • MOBILE BROADBAND STATISTICS
      • Table Mobile Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) - 2009 - 2023
    • MOBILE REGULATORY ISSUES
      • CDMA licences awarded
      • 3G licences
      • LTE licensing
  • MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE
    • ANALOGUE NETWORKS
    • DIGITAL NETWORKS
      • 2G
      • 3G
      • 4G
      • 5G
  • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
    • OPERATOR STATISTICS
      • Table Mobile subscribers by Mobile Operator and Market Share - 2018
    • CTM
      • Table CTM's mobile subscribers - 2005 - 2018
    • 3 MACAU (HUTCHISON TELECOM MACAU)
    • SMARTONE MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS (MACAU) LTD
    • CHINA TELECOM
  • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS
    • INTRODUCTION
    • M-BANKING (PAYMENTS/LOANS)
  • DIGITAL ECONOMY
    • INTRODUCTION
      • Table Historic - Online activities by individuals - 2015
    • E-COMMERCE
    • E-GOVERNMENT
      • E-Macao
  • DIGITAL MEDIA
    • Table Historic - Broadcasting statistical overview - 2013
    • MCTV (MACAU CABLE TV) CONFLICT
    • MACAU BASIC TELEVISION CHANNELS LIMITED
    • SATELLITE TV
  • RELATED REPORTS

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