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

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

Taiwan possesses a competitive mobile market comprised of six mobile network operators, though the market is dominated by only three players. High mobile penetration has resulted in intense competition to gain new subscribers. As a result, the market was quick to embrace 4G services as operators developed networks and service to provide them with a competitive edge. Operators are also gearing up to deploy 5G in a range of bands later in 2020.

The mobile segment is relatively well developed compared to other Asian markets. It has experienced negative growth over the last five years due to an increasingly saturated market. Flat to very slow growth is predicted through to 2024. The market will be constrained from higher growth due to the high penetration rate and strong local competition.

As with any shift in the market landscape, Taiwan's three smaller players saw the introduction of LTE as an opportunity to expand their market share, principally by offering more value to end users through higher speeds and/or lower prices.

Taiwan has seen a rapid increase in mobile broadband penetration over the past five years, driven by strong growth in the number of users on LTE. Further growth during the next five years will be stimulated by the introduction of services based on 5G, which will offer faster speeds and greater flexibility. This in turn should see the addition of subscribers who choose to abandon fixed-broadband for mobile-only solutions.

Key developments:

Regulator begins multi-spectrum auction for 5G services;
Government to release NT$20.5 billion to encourage development of 5G services and apps;
Slowing mobile broadband growth predicted through to 2024.
Report includes operator data to November 2019, regulator's market data for Q3 2019, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Chunghwa Telecom (CHT); FarEasTone; Taiwan Mobile; Asia Pacific Telecom; VIBO Telecom; Ambit


  • Synopsis
  • Market overview and analysis
    • BACKGROUND
  • Mobile statistics
    • GENERAL STATISTICS
      • Table Growth in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration – 2009 – 2024
      • Table Change in the number of mobile subscribers by technology - 2G, 3G, 4G – 2009 – 2018
      • Table Change in voice traffic volume by type – 2009 – 2018
      • Table Prepaid share of total mobile subscriber base – 2009 – 2018
      • Table Decline in SMS traffic and revenue – 2009 – 2018
      • Table Development of 2G/3G/4G mobile services ARPU – 2009 – 2018
    • MOBILE BROADBAND
      • Table Change in the number of 3G/4G mobile broadband subscribers – 2008 – 2018
      • Table Growth in the number of mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2009 – 2024
  • Regulatory issues
    • 4G / LTE SPECTRUM AUCTIONS
    • 5G SPECTRUM AUCTION
    • MOBILE NUMBER PORTABILITY (MNP)
      • Table Change in the number of mobile number portings – 2005 – 2019
  • Mobile infrastructure
    • 2G
    • 3G
    • 4G
    • 5G
    • INTERNET OF THINGS (IOT)
  • Major mobile operators
    • OPERATOR STATISTICS AND MARKET SHARE
      • Table Mobile Operators – Subscribers and Market Share – 2018
    • FAREASTONE TELECOMMUNICATIONS
      • Table Development of FarEasTone' revenue, EBITDA, capex, net profit – 2009 – 2019
      • Table Change in the number of FarEasTone's mobile subscribers – 2009 – 2019
      • Table Development of FarEasTone's ARPU (NT$) – 2007 – 2019
      • Table Development of FarEasTone's revenue by type – 2017 – 2019
    • TAIWAN MOBILE
      • Table Growth in Taiwan Mobile's revenue and net profit – 2009 – 2019
      • Table Taiwan Mobile annualised ARPU (per month) –2017 – 2019
      • Table Change in the number of Taiwan Mobile's subscribers by type – 2009 – 2019
    • CHUNGHWA TELECOM (CHT)
      • Table Change in the number of Chunghwa Telecom's mobile subscribers - 2009 – 2019
      • Table Development of Chunghwa Telecom's mobile subscribers market share – 2009 - 2018
      • Table Change in Chunghwa Telecom's blended mobile ARPU – 2009 – 2018
    • ASIA PACIFIC TELECOM (APT)
    • VIBO TELECOM
    • AMBIT
    • STAR CELLULAR
  • MNVOs
  • Appendix – Historic data
    • Table Historic – Mobile subscribers by technology (PHS, 2G, 3G, LTE) –2003 – 2015
    • Table Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration – 1995 – 2011
    • Table 2G/3G/4G mobile services ARPU – 2005 – 2018
    • Table Historic - SMS traffic and revenue – 2001 – 2009
    • Table Historic - Prepaid share of total mobile subscriber base – 2001 – 2009
    • Table Historic - Chunghwa Telecom mobile subscriber - 1998 – 2009
    • Table Historic - Chunghwa Telecom's blended mobile ARPU – 2001 – 2009
    • Table Historic - Taiwan Mobile revenue and net profit – 2003 – 2009
    • Table Historic - Taiwan Mobile subscribers– 1998 – 2009
    • Table Historic - FarEasTone mobile subscribers – 1998 – 2009
    • Table Historic - FarEasTone revenue, EBITDA, capex, net profit – 2003 – 2009
    • Table Historic - Chunghwa Telecom's mobile subscribers market share – 2000 - 2009
    • Table Historic – APT's mobile subscribers – 2003 – 2013
    • Table Historic - VIBO Telecom mobile subscribers and annual change – 2005 – 2013
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