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Mobile Communications - Market Overview, Statistics and Forecasts - Hong Kong

Hong Kong - Mobile Communications - Market Overview, Statistics and Forecasts

Growth in Hong Kong's mobile phone market has continued to grow despite having reached saturation point in 2002. Going into 2013 penetration was over 230%. With a population of over seven million, the market is effectively saturated but has continued to remain competitive through preparedness among the operators to embrace new technology opportunities and be innovative with solution offerings. This report provides statistics and insights into Hong Kong's dynamic mobile market including the increasing uptake of 3G/4G services after the introduction of LTE. In addition mobile forecasts are included up to 2018 for the total market and specifically for 3G/4G.

Key Developments:

Mobile penetration trends above 230%; 3G/4G becomes the dominant network technology over 55% of all subscribers; strong growth impacts forecasts upwards; mobile data usage skyrockets 50% in a year boosted by increased smartphone and tablet adoption; OTT services impact SMS traffic; additional 50MHz of spectrum awarded in 2.5/2.6GHz band; China Mobile (Hong Kong) launches mobile TV network

Companies covered in this report include:

PCCW; SmarTone; Hutchison Telecom; New World Telecom; CSL; China Mobile HK


1. Synopsis
2. Mobile communications market
2.1 Overview
2.2 Market status 2013
2.3 Mobile statistics
2.3.1 Mobile subscribers 1984-2012
2.3.2 Mobile prepaid cards 1997-2013
2.3.3 Mobile subscribers by operator
3. Regulatory issues
3.1 Mobile number portability (MNP)
3.2 Spectrum licensing
3.2.1 2.5GHz Broadband wireless access (4G)
3.2.2 850MHz CMDA2000
3.2.3 1800MHz GSM
3.2.4 680MHz Mobile TV
3.2.5 2.3GHz
3.2.6 2.1GHz
3.2.7 1900MHz
4. Mobile technologies
4.1 Analogue
4.2 Telepoint CT-2
4.3 GSM/2G
4.4 Personal communications services (PCS)/2G
4.5 High-speed circuit-switched data (HSCSD)
4.6 General packet radio service (GPRS)
4.7 Enhanced data for GSM evolution (EDGE)
4.8 High-speed downlink packet access (HSDPA)
4.9 CDMA
4.10 CDMA2000
4.11 Third Generation (3G) mobile
4.11.1 Licensing
4.11.2 3G launches
4.11.3 3G statistics
4.12 LTE (Long-term evolution)/4G
4.12.1 4G launches - CSL
4.12.2 4G launches China Mobile Hong Kong
4.12.3 4G launches Genius Brand (Hutchison and PCCW)
4.12.4 4G launches - SmarTone
4.13 Voice over LTE (VoLTE)
5. Mobile virtual network operators (MVNO)
6. Mobile services
6.1 Short message service (SMS)
6.2 Mobile data usage
7. Mobile content
7.1 Background
7.2 Mobile phone versus smartphone usage
7.2.1 Who owns a smartphone?
7.2.2 What do they use a smartphone for?
7.2.3 What to look for in your mobile operator
7.3 Smartphones and tablets
7.4 Mobile TV
7.4.1 Background
7.4.2 Spectrum auction
7.4.3 China Mobile Hong Kong launches mobile TV network
7.5 Mobile music
7.6 Stock trading
8. Forecasts
8.1 Forecast total mobile and 3G subscribers 2014; 2018
8.2 Forecasting methodology
9. Related reports
Table 1 Historical - Mobile subscribers, annual change and penetration 1984 2005
Table 2 Mobile subscribers, annual change and penetration 2006 - 2014
Table 3 Prepaid and activated SIM cards 1997 2014
Table 4 Mobile operators, technology, subscribers and annual change March 2009
Table 5 Selected mobile operator subscribers and market share December 2012
Table 6 Operator market share by subscribers 2003 2011
Table 7 Total mobile numbers ported 1999 2013
Table 8 Analogue subscribers and annual change 1984 - 1997
Table 9 GSM 2G subscribers and annual change 1993 2013
Table 10 PCS subscribers and annual change 1997 2008
Table 11 2.5G subscribers 2002 2014
Table 12 3G/4G mobile subscribers 2005 2014
Table 13 MVNO subscribers 2005 2014
Table 14 SMS messages sent and received 2002 2012
Table 15 SMS statistics for Christmas Day and New Years Day 2005 - 2014
Table 16 SMS statistics for Valentine's Day and Chinese New Year Day 2006 2014
Table 17 Mobile data usage 2002 2014
Table 18 Forecast mobile subscribers and penetration higher band forecast 2014; 2018
Table 19 Forecast mobile subscribers and penetration lower band forecast 2014; 2018
Chart 1 Hong Kong mobile subscriber growth, population penetration 1995 - 2012
Chart 2 Hong Kong technology market share 1990 - 2012
Chart 3 Hong Kong 3G/4G mobile subscribers 2005 - 2012
Chart 4 Quality profile of smartphone users end 2010
Exhibit 1 Mobile virtual network operator licensees April 2013
Exhibit 2 Top 10 activities on mobile phones versus smartphones 2010

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