Macau - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Macau - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Macau preps for commercial 5G launch
Macau's sophisticated telecom market boasts the higher mobile penetration rates in the world, as also one of the highest densities of FttP deployment. The liberalised market is managed by a fully independent regulator, and while there is effective competition in the mobile market the fixed-line and fixed broadband sectors are dominated by the former incumbent CMT, though there are a number of licensed ISPs to offer services.
The number of fixed lines in service continues to fall as the market is transitioned to a fully fibred network. The mobile market is also transitioned to LTE: services based on GSM were discontinued in late 2019 and subscribers on 3G networks are rapidly migrating to LTE. By August 2020 the 3G segment accounted for only 3% of all mobile subscriptions.
High mobile penetration is largely due to the millions of visitors to Macau who acquire SIM cards. The number of prepaid SIM cards in circulation fell significantly in the first half of 2020 as a result of travel restrictions imposed during the pandemic.
The regulator has outlined its spectrum strategy for 5G and following a number of trials since 2019 the MNOs are poised to launch commercial services by the end of 2020.
BuddeComm notes that the outbreak of the Coronavirus in 2020 is having a significant impact on production and supply chains globally. During the coming year the telecoms sector to various degrees is likely to experience a downturn in mobile device production, while it may also be difficult for network operators to manage workflows when maintaining and upgrading existing infrastructure. Overall progress towards 5G may be postponed or slowed down in some countries.
On the consumer side, spending on telecoms services and devices is under pressure from the financial effect of large-scale job losses and the consequent restriction on disposable incomes. However, the crucial nature of telecom services, both for general communication as well as a tool for home-working, will offset such pressures. In many markets the net effect should be a steady though reduced increased in subscriber growth.
Although it is challenging to predict and interpret the long-term impacts of the crisis as it develops, these have been acknowledged in the industry forecasts contained in this report.
The report also covers the responses of the telecom operators as well as government agencies and regulators as they react to the crisis to ensure that citizens can continue to make optimum use of telecom services. This can be reflected in subsidy schemes and the promotion of tele-health and tele-education, among other solutions.

Key Developments:

CTM completes first phase of 5G network rollout, launches a 10Gb/s broadband service for residential customers;
SIM card registration deadline is passed;
Macau's smart city project development shows progress;
Report update includes Telecom Maturity Index charts and analyses, assessment of the global impact of COVID-19 on the telecoms sector, regulator market data to August 2020, operator data to Q2 2020, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

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


1 Key statistics
2 Regional Asian Market Comparison
3 Country overview
4 COVID-19 and its impact on the telecom sector
4.1 Economic considerations and responses
4.2 Mobile devices
4.3 Subscribers
4.4 Infrastructure
5 Telecommunications market
5.1 Market Analysis
5.2 Background
6 Regulatory environment
6.1 Regulatory authority
6.2 Fixed-line developments
6.3 Mobile network developments
7 Mobile market
7.1 Market analysis
7.2 Mobile statistics
8 Mobile infrastructure
8.1 Analogue networks
8.2 Digital networks
8.3 Major mobile operators
8.4 Mobile content and applications
9 Fixed-line broadband market
9.1 Market overview
9.2 Broadband statistics
9.3 Fixed-line broadband technologies
10 Digital economy
10.1 Introduction
10.2 e-Commerce
10.3 e-Government
11 Fixed network operators
11.1 CTM
11.2 MTel
12 Telecommunications infrastructure
12.1 Overview of the national telecom network
12.2 International infrastructure
13 Smart Infrastructure
13.1 Data centres
13.2 Smart cities
14 Appendix Historic data
15 Glossary of abbreviations
16 Related reports
Table 1 Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities Macau 2020 (e)
Table 2 Number of licensed operators by service August 2020
Table 3 Change in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration 2010 2025
Table 4 Change in the number of LTE subscribers by category 2015 - 2020
Table 5 Change in the number of 3G subscribers by category 2013 - 2020
Table 6 Growth in the number of mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2010 2025
Table 7 Change in the number of CTM's mobile subscribers 2007 2020
Table 8 Growth in the number of fixed broadband subscribers and penetration 2010 2025
Table 9 Change in the number of fixed broadband subscribers by platform 2017 2020
Table 10 Change in the number of Wi-Fi Hotspots 2011 2020
Table 11 Change in the number of CTM's subscribers by type - 2010 2020
Table 12 Change in the number of fixed lines in services and teledensity 2010 2020
Table 13 Change in the number of fixed-line subscribers by type 2010 2020
Table 14 Increase in international internet bandwidth 2007 2017
Table 15 Historic - Internet users and penetration rate 1994 2006
Table 16 Historic - Mobile subscribers total and prepaid and penetration rate 1990 2009
Table 17 Historic - Fixed-lines and teledensity 1985 2008
Table 18 Historic - Online activities by individuals 2015
Table 19 Historic - CTM mobile, fixed-line and broadband subscribers and ARPU - 2007 2010
Table 20 Historic - Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration 2008 2009
Table 21 Historic - Fixed lines in services and teledensity 2007 2009
Chart 1 Asian Telecoms Maturity Index by Market Category
Chart 2 Asian Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per capita
Chart 3 Telecoms Maturity Index Northern Asia
Chart 4 Change in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration 2010 2025
Chart 5 Change in the number of LTE subscribers by category 2015 - 2020
Chart 6 Change in the number of 3G subscribers by category 2013 - 2020
Chart 7 Growth in the number of mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2010 2025
Chart 8 Growth in the number of fixed broadband subscribers and penetration 2010 2025
Chart 9 Change in the number of fixed broadband subscribers by platform 2017 2020
Chart 10 Change in the number of CTM's subscribers by type - 2010 2020
Chart 11 Change in the number of fixed lines in services and teledensity 2010 2020
Chart 12 Change in the number of fixed-line subscribers by type 2010 2020
Exhibit 1 Key Market Characteristics by Market Segment
Exhibit 2 Northern Asia -Key Characteristics of Telecoms Markets by Country
Exhibit 3 Map of Macau

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