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Taiwan - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses


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Taiwan - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses

Taiwan possesses a competitive mobile market comprised of six mobile network operators, of which three dominate the market. High mobile penetration means competition is intense to gain new subscribers hence the market was quick to embrace LTE due to the new subscriber opportunity it presented.

Annual market growth of the mobile subscriber market has been in low single digit figures from 2011 to 2014. Market penetration peaked in 2014 at 129. By 2015 the market saw a slight contraction due to a highly mature and saturated market. Market penetration declined to 128% in 2015 and 127% in 2016 with the market reaching 29.7 million subscribers.

LTE has experienced strong growth since the introduction of services, with LTE subscriber numbers growing at a faster rate than that of 3G. Taiwan's mobile operators have focused on LTE as a means to increase ARPU to offset the continual year-on-year decline in overall ARPU levels. Mobile users are attracted to LTE due to improved quality of experience provided through faster speeds. Market penetration is expected to grow strongly over the next five years to 2021.

Taiwan has seen very strong growth in its mobile broadband subscribers over the past few years driven by strong growth of 4G services. Penetration has risen form 53% in 2015 to 76% in 2015 and 81% in 2016. Further strong growth is predicted over the next few years to 2019.

This report provides an overview of the mobile market as well as industry level and operator level statistics on subscribers, market share and ARPU. LTE subscriber forecasts and penetration levels to 2021 are included.

Key developments:

Profitability remains challenging due to increased competition
LTE introduction has increased the number of mobile network operators
LTE take up is occurring at a faster rate than for 3G
LTE provides an opportunity to reverse declining ARPU levels
Chungwha and Taiwan Mobile called on the government to continue to provide subsidies to 2G subscribers.
Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MoEA) began trials of a 4G+' (4G/4.5G/5G) experimental mobile network.
Far EasTone (FET) and Ericsson signed a 5G MoU) to jointly accelerate 5G development for Taiwan.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Chunghwa Telecom (CHT); Far EasTone; Taiwan Mobile; Asia Pacific Telecom; Vibo Telecom; Ambit


1. Synopsis
2. Market Overview and analysis
3. Mobile statistics
3.1 General statistics
3.2 Mobile Broadband Statistics
3.3 Forecasts
3.3.1 Forecast LTE mobile subscribers 2016 (actual); 2018, 2021
3.3.2 Forecasting methodology
3.3.3 Notes on scenario forecasts
4. Regulatory issues
4.1 4G / LTE spectrum auctions
5. Mobile infrastructure
5.1 Brief intro analogue networks
5.2 Digital networks
5.3 Personal Handyphone Service (PHS)
5.4 2G
5.5 3G
5.5.1 Background
5.6 4G LTE
5.7 5G
6. Major mobile operators
6.1 Statistics and Market Share by Mobile Operator
6.2 Far EasTone Telecommunications Group
6.3 Taiwan Mobile
6.4 Chunghwa Telecom Co Ltd (CHT)
6.5 Asia Pacific Telecom (APT)
6.6 VIBO Telecom
6.7 Ambit
6.8 Star Cellular
7. Mobile content and applications
7.1 Mobile TV
7.2 Mobile value-added services
7.3 Mobile banking
7.4 NFC payments
8. Related reports
Table 1 Taiwan - Mobile subscribers and penetration 1995 - 2016
Table 2 Taiwan Mobile subscriber growth by technology (PHS, 2G, 3G, LTE) 2003 2016
Table 3 2G/3G/4G mobile services ARPU (historical) 2005 - 2014
Table 4 Taiwan 4G LTE subscribers and market share 2016
Table 5 Taiwan - Prepaid mobile subscribers market share 2001 - 2016
Table 6 Taiwan - SMS message volume 2001 - 2016
Table 7 Taiwan 3G/4G mobile broadband subscribers 2008 - 2016
Table 8 Forecast 4G LTE mobile subscribers and penetration rates 2016; 2018; 2021
Table 9 Taiwan - Mobile Operators Subscribers and Market Share 2016
Table 10 Taiwan - Far EasTone revenue, EBITDA, capex, net profit and ARPU 2003 - 2016
Table 11 Taiwan - Far EasTone mobile subscribers and annual change 1998 - 2016
Table 12 Taiwan - Far EasTone blended ARPU 2007 2016
Table 13 Taiwan Taiwan Mobile revenue and net profit 2003 2016
Table 14 Taiwan - Taiwan Mobile revenue breakdown per business segment 2016 Q2
Table 15 Taiwan - Taiwan Mobile subscribers and annual change 1998 2016
Table 16 Taiwan - Chunghwa Telecom mobile subscribers and annual change 1998 2016
Table 17 Chunghwa Telecom mobile subscribers market share 2000 - 2016
Table 18 Taiwan - Chunghwa Telecom's blended mobile and VAS ARPU 2001 - 2015
Table 19 Taiwan - APT mobile subscribers, 4G Subscribers and annual change 2003 - 2016
Table 20 Taiwan - VIBO Telecom mobile subscribers and annual change (historical) 2005 - 2013
Chart 1 Taiwan - Mobile subscribers and penetration 2003 - 2016
Chart 2 Taiwan - Mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2000 - 2016
Chart 3 Taiwan - Mobile Operators - Market Share 2016
Exhibit 1 Mobile TV trial broadcasters

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