Last updated: 16 Oct 2007 Update History
Report Status: Archived
Report Pages: 177
Analyst: Stephen McNamara
This annual report offers a wealth of information on the Broadband and Internet markets in China, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, Mongolia, North Korea, South Korea and Taiwan.
Subjects covered include:
This Asia market annual report covers the 8 economies in the North Asia sub-region. It takes an overall look at the various telecoms markets, together with a particular look at the broadband and Internet segments in each of the economies.
The markets covered include: China, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, Mongolia, North Korea, South Korea and Taiwan.
A focus on high-speed broadband Internet access in its various forms is also a feature of North Asia’s Internet growth. Again, following the example set by market leader South Korea, the emphasis has been on delivering faster broadband speeds to the customers.
In terms of broadband access, Asia is one region in the world where Fibre-to-the-Home (FttH) has started to emerge as a serious broadband platform. The technology has taken off in a big way in Japan. There were already 10 million FttH subscribers in Japan by mid-2007. Not unexpectedly, the movement towards fibre has been occurring in Asia’s more developed markets, where positive government intervention has been playing an important role.
North Asia - Internet markets - user penetration and subscribers – 2006
Highlights in the individual broadband and Internet markets of North Asia include:
North Korea is the only country in the world yet to adopt Internet for public usage. A lack of infrastructure coupled with the regime’s anxiety about the free flow of information, means that only a select group of government, educational and research institute officials are authorised to access the Web in the country. Nor are personal computers widely available to the general public. With what little access there is to the Internet, the government maintains strict controls and censorship. At the same time, North Korea’s obsession with secrecy has made it extremely difficult to get a clear picture of the country’s telecom sector. (In the absence of official statistics, we have made estimates in our report.) For the country overview, see chapter 6, page 103.
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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