Virus impact over each market - telecom operators, government agencies and regulators' responses - revised forecasts for the next 5 years.
Last updated: 17 May 2007 Update History
Report Status: Archived
Report Pages: 201
Analyst: Stephen McNamara
This annual report provides a comprehensive overview of the trends and developments in telecommunications and digital media markets in the booming market of China. Subjects covered include:
China’s telecommunications sector continues to be dynamic across most segments of the market. With the mobile sector still expanding at close to 20% annually coming into 2007, the long-awaited licensing of 3G services is getting closer and will surely give the market yet another boost. There remains a continuing need for major industry restructuring and there are expectations that the government will take action on this front in conjunction with the issuing of 3G licences.
With all eyes on the telecommunications market in China, there is no doubting its substantial growth momentum and potential. Nevertheless the market presents many contradictions. Telecommunications in China can be characterised by creativity and daring one minute, and by caution and procrastinating the next. In fact, it is often out of step with what is happening in other parts of the world. With the Beijing Olympics in 2008, telecommunications development has continued to figure prominently in the nation’s priority scheme as China prepares to showcase itself.
In a process that the western world sees as dithering, the awarding of 3G mobile licences had still not happened by early 2007 and looked as if it might not happen until early 2008. China nevertheless remains poised to become one of the world’s major next generation mobile players. But the failure of the government to act has caused considerable consternation in the wider market. Showing its determination to supporting the locally developed TD-SCDMA platform, it appeared that China would eventually adopt and license all three 3G standards, but that TD-SCDMA would some how be given a head start in the market. In fact by early 2007, it was looking as if China Netcom had been given an ‘unofficial’ licence to start rolling out a TD-SCDMA network.
The other big issue for China, the restructuring of the country’s major telecom operators, has seen high expectations of imminent government action dashed. It was still looking as if the government would move on this in conjunction with the 3G licensing. But by early 2007, not much had happened – except for the constant manoeuvring and positioning. Most of this focused on China Unicom, which was tipped to be split up as part of any restructuring process.
Mobile and limited mobility subscriber growth in China - 1995 - 2008
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Data in this report is the latest available at the time of preparation and may not be for the current year.
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