3G/4G and FttX continue to fuel the demand for data in Hong Kong
Hong Kong, a Special Administrative Region (SAR) of China, has built one of the most sophisticated and dynamic telecommunications markets in the world. Hong Kong’s regulator, the Office of the Communications Authority (OFCA), has played a major role in developing the telecom sector. The country has put in place substantial infrastructure which supports one of the world’s highest population penetration of mobile and fixed telephone services at around 240% and 47% respectively. In addition to Hong Kong’s strong technology edge, its close geographical proximity to mainland China makes it a key gateway for all foreign telecom companies and equipment vendors. Hong Kong is also a key regional telecommunications hub and is the landing point for a number of strategically important submarine cables.
Hong Kong supports access to broadband connectivity for more than 80% of all households. The number of broadband subscribers represents about 75% of the total internet subscriber base. The extensive FttX, DSL and cable coverage coupled with a large optical fibre footprint has driven the market for triple play services and IPTV.
The mobile market continues to evolve as all operators have now launched LTE services. The strong up-take in 4G has seen an encouraging lift in ARPU due to operators changing their approach to pricing plans, which has inevitably mitigated accelerated declines in SMS traffic volumes.
Fixed line subscriptions decline, impacted among other things by increased VoIP usage; Fixed broadband growth slows as household penetration passes 80%; Fibre-based services account for 80% of all broadband subscriptions making Hong Kong a world leader in connection speeds and competitive pricing; 3G/4Gsubscriptions consist of close to 70% of the total mobile base; Data contributions to mobile revenue exceed 50%; The average 2.5G/3G/4G subscriber used around 1,000Mbytes per month in 2013; CSL launched the first commercial VoLTE service in Hong Kong at end-2013; PCCW/HKT completed the acquisition of rival mobile operator CSL in May 2014.
Data in this report is the latest available at the time of preparation and may not be for the current year