Last updated: 16 Oct 2007 Update History
Report Status: Archived
Report Pages: 203
Analyst: Stephen McNamara
This annual report offers a wealth of information on the overall Infrastructure development, Fixed and Mobile services, as well as Data markets in: China, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, Mongolia, North Korea, South Korea and Taiwan.
Subjects covered include:
This Asia market annual report covers eight economies in the North Asia sub-region. It takes an overall look at the various telecoms markets, together with a particular look at the telecom statistics which describe the market in each of the countries. The markets covered include: China, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, Mongolia, North Korea, South Korea and Taiwan.
Through 2006 and into 2007, we have continued to see a generally strong run of economic growth throughout the Asian region. In terms of economic power the economies of North Asia are dominating the region. The giant growth engine that is China has continued to provide a sustained lift to the economies of its regional neighbours. However, if China’s economy starts showing signs of stalling, the impact will certainly be felt right across Asia.
The region’s telecom sector was clearly benefiting from the healthy economic environment:
In looking at the Asian telecom market, it is impossible to avoid the impact of China. With its huge population and strongly developing economy, it is a real presence in the region. Having become the biggest mobile market in the world, China was continuing to expand its mobile subscriber base at a rate of almost 20% per annum. As a consequence, it could claim over 470 million mobile subscribers by April 2007.
In the meantime, while China has been grabbing the headlines, a long-time global and regional telecommunications leader, Japan, has been keenly maintaining its reputation for innovation by regularly adding value to the telecom market. Its industry leadership has embraced the application of wireless Internet access, with over 85 million mobile subscribers using either NTT DoCoMo’s i-mode (with 48 million) or one of the other proprietary products by mid-2007. Its embracing of FttH has also been ground-breaking, with an estimated 10 million FttH subscribers by mid-2007.
Asia claims the world’s largest regional Internet market, with around 437 million Internet users (a user penetration of 12%) by mid-2007. Not surprisingly, the North Asia markets - - Japan, Hong Kong, South Korea and Taiwan - continue to be leaders within the region. This group has been joined by China. With a user penetration of 10.5%, China had a massive 137 million Internet users by the start of 2007.
South Korea was continuing to dominate the area of broadband Internet access, leading the world and the region with its 84% of households having a broadband connection by end-2006. Its launch of WiBro in mid-2006 was also a world first.
In 2007, the Asian telecommunications market was estimated to be worth around US$350 billion. A huge slice of that value was to be found in North Asia. The big new drivers in the market are broadband and IP services, as well as ongoing growth in the mobile sector, particularly as more and more value-added services come into play. NGNs are also being rolled out by the regional heavyweights, with the inevitable strong move into triple play services on the back of the NGNs.
Some key highlights within the telecom sectors of the North Asia markets coming into 2007 include:
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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