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2006 North Asian Convergence Market


Attention: There is an updated edition available for this report.

This annual report offers a wealth of information on the Convergence market in China, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, Mongolia, North Korea, South Korea, Taiwan. Subjects covered include:

Convergence and regulatory issues
Broadband TV (IPTV)
TV over DSL/IPTV
Video-on-Demand (VoD)
Interactive TV (iTV)
Triple-play networks8/30/2006


This Asia market report covers the economies in the North Asia sub-region. It takes an overall look at the Convergence and Broadcasting markets. The markets covered include:

China has built a substantial nation-wide telecommunications infrastructure wit fibre optic cable networks covering the country. Pushed along by government policy to find cost-effective communication solutions, China has become the world’s biggest user of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services.

Hong Kong Consistent with its status as one of the leading telecommunications economies in the world, Hong Kong has built itself world-class infrastructure. Digitalised since 1995, the Special Administrative Region (SAR) has been wired with almost 400,000km of optical fibre, with the vast majority of households covered by this extensive broadband network. Hong Kong is also a key regional telecommunications hub and as such is the landing point for a significant number of strategically important submarine cables.

Japan With its sophisticated infrastructure, Japan’s telecommunications sector is one of the most active markets in the world. The development of local infrastructure in Japan has been dominated by the government’s push to have incumbent NTT open up access to the ‘last mile’. Although fixed-line services remain important, they have begun to decline.

North Korea Telecommunications in North Korea is seriously impeded by a combination of its generally poor economic state and the government’s widespread repression of communication. The number of fixed-lines and the volume of voice traffic in North Korea are minuscule compared with South Korea. Because of its mountainous landscape and the high cost of building fixed-line networks, a mobile telephone network is considered a much more viable option. The country established a joint venture with a Thailand-based company to set up a mobile service in a special economic zone in north eastern North Korea. North Korea remains the only country in the world that had yet to adopt the Internet for public usage.

North Korea’s obsession with secrecy has made it extremely difficult to get a clear picture of the country’s telecom sector. [In the absence of official statistics, we have made estimates in our report.] The country looks like remaining isolated form the rest of the world for some years to come.

South Korea With its government adopting a very progressive approach to deregulation, liberalisation and privatisation of the local telecom industry, South Korea has become one of the world’s major players in the market. The result has been willingness on the part of operators to invest in infrastructure and to be innovative, providing the basis for a booming telecommunications market.

Taiwan has adopted a long term approach to significantly upgrading its telecommunications infrastructure, undergoing a series of network modernisation projects in the last decade or so. Consistent with the performance of Taiwan’s impressive mobile sector - one of the highest penetrated mobile markets in the world - the country has been energetically moving into the ‘next generation’ of mobile services. (After hitting a peak penetration of over 110%, the country had slipped back to about 93% in early 2005.) Taiwan awarded five licences for Third Generation (3G) services in early 2002 and, in so doing, was the first market in Asia to hold a 3G auction in which there were more bidders than licences.

1. DIGITAL MEDIA AND CONVERGENCE
1.1 Market overview
1.2 Japan
1.2.1 Overview
1.2.2 Broadband TV (IPTV)
1.2.3 Video-on-Demand (VoD)
1.2.4 Interactive TV (iTV) via cable
1.3 South Korea
1.3.1 Broadband convergence Network (BcN)
1.3.2 Broadband TV
1.3.3 Video-on-Demand (VoD)
1.3.4 Digital cable TV
1.4 China
1.4.1 Overview
1.4.2 Convergence and regulatory issues
1.4.3 Broadband TV
1.4.4 Video-on-Demand (VoD)
1.5 Hong Kong
1.5.1 Overview
1.5.2 Convergent service operators
1.5.3 Interactive TV (iTV)
1.5.4 Broadband TV (IPTV)
1.6 Singapore
1.6.1 Convergence
1.6.2 iTV development
1.6.3 Video-on-Demand (VoD)
1.7 Taiwan
1.7.1 Convergence
1.7.2 GigaMedia
1.7.3 Interactive TV
1.8 Malaysia
1.8.1 Interactive TV (iTV)
1.8.2 Triple play services
2. CHINA
2.1 Convergence
2.1.1 Overview of media convergence
2.1.2 Triple play models
2.1.3 Television broadcasting in China
2.1.4 Digital TV
3. HONG KONG
3.1 Convergence
3.1.1 Overview of broadcasting market
3.1.2 Regulatory environment
3.1.3 Free-To-Air (FTA) broadcasting
3.1.4 Digital TV
4. JAPAN
4.1 Convergence
4.1.1 Triple play models
4.1.2 Television broadcasting in Japan
4.1.3 Digital TV
4.1.4 E-services
5. MACAU
5.1 Broadcasting
5.1.1 Cable TV
5.1.2 Satellite TV
6. NORTH KOREA
6.1 Broadcasting
6.1.1 Overview
6.1.2 TV stations
6.1.3 Cable TV
6.1.4 Satellite TV
7. SOUTH KOREA
7.1 Convergence
7.1.1 Broadband convergence Network (BcN)
7.1.2 Triple play models
7.1.3 Digital TV
8. TAIWAN
8.1 Convergence
8.1.1 Overview of media convergence
8.1.2 Overview of broadcasting market
8.1.3 Digital TV
9. GLOSSARY OF ABBREVIATIONS
Exhibit 1 - Types of telecom convergence
Exhibit 2 - Overview of TV broadcasting licences in Hong Kong
Exhibit 3 - Japanese satellite TV overview of broadcasters - January 2005
Exhibit 4 - Major broadcasting organisations in Taiwan


Table 1 - Hong Kong pay TV subscribers by platform - 2001 - 2005
Table 2 - Overview of cable TV market in China - 2005
Table 3 - Cable TV household growth in China - 1996 - 2005
Table 4 - Broadcasting services in Hong Kong - 2005
Table 5 - Pay TV subscribers by platform in Hong Kong - 2001 - 2005
Table 6 - Cable TV subscribers in Japan - 2003 - 2005
Table 7 - Cable TV operators in Japan - 1997 - 2005
Table 8 - J-COM subscribers by service in Japan - 2000 - 2005
Table 9 - BS and CS subscribers in Japan - 2003 - 2006
Table 10 - Satellite broadcasters in Japan - 2003 - 2005
Table 11 - SKY PerfecTV! subscribers in Japan - 1998 - 2006
Table 12 - Broadcasting statistics in Macau - 2005
Table 13 - Key broadcasting statistics in Taiwan - 2005
Table 14 - Pay TV subscribers by platform in Taiwan - 2002 - 2005

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