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Taiwan - Broadband Market - Overview, Statistics and Forecasts


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Taiwan has become a significant player in broadband internet access. Through active support from the government, the total broadband penetration had been lifted to over 100% considering both fixed line and mobile. The proportion of the population who are internet users has exceeded 70%. Some 90% of all homes in Taiwan own PCs and more than 75% of homes have fixed-line broadband connections. The market has also moved strongly to broadband and in particular FttX. There are a large number of ISPs (more than 180) in Taiwan, although a handful of big ones continue to dominate the market. This report presents an overview of the broadband market in Taiwan, including an overview of the operators, services provided and the fledgling WiMAX deployments. Fixed-line broadband forecasts and FttX forecasts to 2017 are included, as well detailed statistics on broadband subscribers by technology.

Key Developments:

A continuous decline in xDSL subscriptions; a strong shift to FttX subscriptions which surpassed DSL in 2011; increased investments of NT$200 billion by Chunghwa Telecom in its broadband network over the next ten years to 2020 to offer home users speeds of 10Gb/s, with business customers benefiting from speeds of up to 100Gb/s; a decline in broadband tariffs stimulate further demand; poor adoption of WiMAX drives consolidation with Vee Telecom (Time) acquiring VMax; successful e-government program allowing the government to exclusively use electronic documents; additional investment by the Taiwanese government of NT$130 billion (US$4.3 billion) in smart power grid infrastructure beginning in 2012.

Companies covered in this report include:

Chunghwa Telecom (CHT); Eastern Broadband; New Century Infocomm; Taiwan Fixed Network; Global Mobile, Tatung Infocomm, FarEasTone; VMax; Fitel; Vee Telecom (Time)


1. Synopsis
2. Overview of Taiwan’s broadband market
3. Broadband statistics
3.1 Fixed-line broadband market development
3.2 Fixed-line broadband market by access type
3.3 Fixed-line and mobile broadband subscriber statistics
4. Government initiatives for broadband and m-Taiwan
5. Broadband technologies
5.1 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL)
5.2 Cable modems
5.3 Fibre-to-the-Home (FttH)
5.4 Chunghwa telecom broadband statistics
5.5 Chunghwa telecom broadband prices
5.6 FttX and Taipei City government
6. Overview of the internet market
6.1 ISP market
7. Internet statistics
7.1 Internet users and subscribers
7.2 Internet bandwidth capacity
7.3 Internet hosts
8. Forecasts
8.1 Forecast fixed broadband subscribers – 2012; 2017
8.2 Forecasting methodology
9. WiFi
10. WiMAX
10.1 Background
10.2 WiMAX in Taiwan – licensing
10.3 WiMAX in Taiwan – network rollouts
10.3.1 Far EasTone
10.3.2 WiMAX Telecom
10.3.3 Chunghwa Telecom
10.3.4 Tatung Telecom
10.3.5 Global Mobile
10.3.6 Fitel
10.3.7 VMAX Telecom
10.3.8 Vee Telecom (Time)
10.4 WiMAX roaming
10.5 WiMAX subscribers and revenue
11. E-government
12. Smart Grids
13. Related reports
List of Tables and Charts
Table 1 – Taiwan - Fixed-line broadband subscribers, penetration and proportion of internet subscribers – 2000 - 2013
Table 2 – Taiwan - Broadband subscribers and households – September 2012
Table 3 – Taiwan - Broadband subscribers and annual change by access – September 2012
Table 4 – Taiwan - Fixed-line and wireless broadband subscribers by technology – 2003 – 2012
Table 5 – Taiwan - Fixed-line and wireless broadband subscribers and penetration – 2003 - 2013
Table 6 – Taiwan - DSL subscribers – 2000 - 2013
Table 7 – Taiwan - Cable Modem subscribers – 2000 – 2013
Table 8 – Taiwan - Chunghwa Telecom broadband subscribers and market share – 2001 - 2012
Table 9 – Taiwan - FttX subscribers – 2007 - 2013
Table 10 – Taiwan - Chunghwa Telecom HiNet subscriber and ARPU – 2004 - 2012
Table 11 – Taiwan - Chunghwa Telecom broadband charges for ADSL and FttX – August 2011
Table 12 – Taiwan - Internet users and subscribers – 1995 – 2013
Table 13 – Taiwan - Internet subscribers by access technology – September 2012
Table 14 – Taiwan - International internet bandwidth capacity – 2001 - 2010
Table 15 – Taiwan - Number of internet hosts – 2001 - 2010
Table 16 – Taiwan - Forecast fixed broadband subscribers and penetration - lower band: 2011 - 2012; 2017
Table 17 – Taiwan - Forecast fixed broadband subscribers and penetration - higher band: 2011 - 2012; 2017
Table 18 – Taiwan 2.5GHz spectrum winners – 2007
Table 19 – Taiwan – WiMAX subscribers – 2011 - 2012
Chart 1 – Taiwan - Fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration – 2000 - 2013
Chart 2 – Taiwan - Fixed-line broadband subscribers by technology – 2003 - 2011
Chart 3 – Taiwan - Internet users and penetration – 1995 - 2013

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