2008 Asian - Broadband Market

Publication Overview

This market report provides a comprehensive overview of the broadband Internet segment of the market across the various economies of Asia.


Researchers:- Lisa Hulme-Jones and Peter Evans

Current publication date:- September 2008 (5th Edition)

Next publication date:- October 2009

Executive Summary

This market report provides a comprehensive overview of the broadband Internet segment of the market across the various economies of Asia. Asia makes a strong claim to be leading the world when it comes to the development of broadband Internet. In fact, in 2008 after the mobile market, broadband is the fastest growing telecom market segment in Asia. The energetic expansion of broadband, however, has remained more of a phenomenon limited to the developed economies, with narrowband dial-up access being the norm in the poorer developing countries of the region.

 

Of course, there are signs that this is changing, but for the moment there is a ‘digital gap’. In those economies where the broadband market is taking off, DSL and cable modem platforms have both proved popular, with DSL having had a clear advantage. With DSL dominating the world market, Asia has become the leading market in the world for DSL, with about 38% of the world’s DSL subscribers. More recently, we have seen the advent of FttH as an alternative platform for broadband access. In the leading technology markets of Japan and South Korea FttH is starting to displace other forms of high-speed Internet access.

 

With broadband Internet continuing to take Asia by storm, the region’s broadband market finds itself dominated by six players. And these are predominantly the economies of North Asia. South Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore, Macau, Taiwan and Japan, for the moment at least, have left the rest of the region behind in terms of penetration and sophistication of their broadband services and infrastructure.

 

Of these leading countries, South Korea is the most remarkable example of the Asian broadband revolution, with a broadband subscriber penetration in mid-2008 greater than 31%, while more than 90% of households in the country have a high-speed broadband Internet connection.

 

Broadband subscribers and households in South Korea - March 2008

Category

Subscribers

Broadband subscribers:

 

·         Total subscribers

14,834,000

·         Annual growth

4.7%

·         Broadband (population) penetration

31%

·         Proportion of all Internet subscribers

98%

Broadband households:

 

·         Residential broadband subscribers (e)

13,800,000

·         Proportion of all households

90%

(Source: BuddeComm based on industry data)

 

In the July 2008 ranking released by the FTTH Council, Asia consolidated its position as the global leader in the march toward next-generation broadband. The ranking tracks the level of FttH market penetration in economies where more than 1% of households are connected directly into high-speed fibre networks. In all, 14 economies met this threshold.

 

South Korea, Hong Kong, Japan and Taiwan occupied the top four positions in the ranking, and the Asian region now accounts for more than 27 million of the world’s estimated 32 million FttH connections. South Korea has nearly 37% of its households connected to fibre, with Hong Kong at 27%, Japan at 24% and Taiwan at 7.7%. Although the People’s Republic of China ranked 11th in terms of market penetration, growth in the number of connections to 7.5 million means that China is now second only to Japan in the number of households with FttH.

 

Despite the regional broadband market being dominated by the relatively small number of countries mentioned above, there continues to be considerable activity in the Internet and online markets across Asia. In terms of sheer broadband Internet numbers, China (70 million broadband subscribers) is already maintaining a real presence, despite its relatively modest user penetration compared with the leading markets.

 

In the Exhibit below we see those economies that fall outside the top band of Asian Internet markets. In terms of broadband household penetration two distinct lower groupings appear. The countries in the second band – roughly between 5% and 20% household penetration – are in expansion mode when it comes to their Internet markets. But there is a clear gap – more than 30% on the household penetration scale – to be bridged before they can be counted in the top grouping. With Malaysia, Vietnam and Thailand playing lead roles in this middle group, we typically find that in the last few years both operators and governments have started to give priority to expanding Internet access and speed in these countries. Of course, as noted already we find China in this grouping as it battles to provide Internet access for its huge population.

 

In the third grouping – those markets with a user penetration of less than 2%, we find those countries that, for whatever reason, have not yet ‘got their act together’ when it comes to Internet. Of course, some are performing relatively well under difficult circumstances. Indonesia has major infrastructure challenges to overcome in providing Internet to its citizens. India, like China, is struggling with its huge population and has focused on mobile telephony services. At the bottom end of the scale, however, we find a number of countries that simply have to manage with poor telecom infrastructure and generally underdeveloped regulatory regimes.

 

Asia’s broadband markets ranked by household penetration - June 2008

Market ranking

Penetration range

(as proportion of all households)

Market (household penetration)

High

>50%

South Korea (91%)

Singapore (80%)

Hong Kong (78%)

Macau (66%)

Taiwan (61%)

Japan (51%)

Medium

2-40%

Brunei (18%)

China (17%)

Malaysia (16%)

Maldives (10%)

Vietnam (7%)

Thailand (6%)

Philippines (5%)

Low

0-2%

India (1%)

Kazakhstan (1%)

Indonesia (0.5%)

+ 20 other countries in Asia

(Source: BuddeComm)

 

 

Data in this report is the latest available at the time of preparation and may not be for the current year.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Afghanistan
    • 1.1 Overview
      • 1.1.1 Broadband statistics
    • 1.2 Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)
  • 2. Armenia
    • 2.1 Overview
    • 2.2 Wireless Internet
    • 2.3 Armenian Datacom Company (ADC)
  • 3. Azerbaijan
    • 3.1 Overview
      • 3.1.1 Broadband statistics
  • 4. Bangladesh
    • 4.1 Overview
  • 5. Bhutan
    • 5.1 Overview
  • 6. Brunei Darussalam
    • 6.1 Overview
      • 6.1.1 Broadband statistics
  • 7. Cambodia
    • 7.1 Overview
    • 7.2 MediaRing’s acquisition of AngkorNet
  • 8. China
    • 8.1 Overview
      • 8.1.1 Broadband statistics
    • 8.2 Broadband forecasts
    • 8.3 Broadband networks
      • 8.3.1 Overview
      • 8.3.2 Cable modems
      • 8.3.3 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL)
      • 8.3.4 Fibre-to-the-Home (FttH)
      • 8.3.5 Broadband over Powerline (BPL)
      • 8.3.6 Wireless broadband
    • 8.4 Major broadband service providers
      • 8.4.1 China Telecom
      • 8.4.2 China Netcom
      • 8.4.3 China Tietong
      • 8.4.4 Other broadband providers
  • 9. Georgia
    • 9.1 Overview
      • 9.1.1 Broadband statistics
  • 10. Hong Kong
    • 10.1 Overview
    • 10.2 Regulatory issues
      • 10.2.1 Regulatory developments
    • 10.3 Broadband statistics
    • 10.4 Cable modems
    • 10.5 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL)
    • 10.6 Major broadband operators
      • 10.6.1 i-Cable
      • 10.6.2 Hong Kong Broadband Network Services (City Telecom - CTInets)
      • 10.6.3 Pacific Century CyberWorks (PCCW)
      • 10.6.4 HKNet
      • 10.6.5 CPCNet Hong Kong (PSINet Hong Kong Ltd)
      • 10.6.6 Pacific Internet
      • 10.6.7 SmarTone Broadband Services
  • 11. India
    • 11.1 Overview
      • 11.1.1 Broadband statistics
    • 11.2 Market development
    • 11.3 National Broadband Policy 2004
    • 11.4 Personal computers
    • 11.5 Cable modems
    • 11.6 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL)
    • 11.7 Wireless broadband
      • 11.7.1 WiMAX
    • 11.8 Satellite
      • 11.8.1 DirecPC
      • 11.8.2 Bharti Broadband Networks
      • 11.8.3 Reliance broadband network
    • 11.9 Other broadband networks
  • 12. Indonesia
    • 12.1 Overview
      • 12.1.1 Broadband statistics
    • 12.2 First Media
    • 12.3 TelkomNet
    • 12.4 Wireless broadband
      • 12.4.1 WiMAX
      • 12.4.2 Wireless Local Area Networks (WLANs)
      • 12.4.3 Internet via satellite
  • 13. Japan
    • 13.1 Overview
      • 13.1.1 Broadband statistics
      • 13.1.2 Mega Consortium/Broadband Consortium Japan (BB Japan)
      • 13.1.3 Impact of broadband on voice market
    • 13.2 Cable modems
      • 13.2.1 Market overview
      • 13.2.2 Regulatory issues
    • 13.3 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL)
      • 13.3.1 Market overview
      • 13.3.2 Major DSL providers
    • 13.4 Fibre-to-the-Home (FttH)
      • 13.4.1 Market overview
      • 13.4.2 Major FttH players
    • 13.5 Broadband over powerline (BPL)/powerline communications (PLC)
    • 13.6 Global LAN Ethernet
  • 14. Kazakhstan
    • 14.1 Overview
      • 14.1.1 Broadband statistics
    • 14.2 Broadband TV (IPTV)
  • 15. Kyrgyzstan
    • 15.1 Overview
      • 15.1.1 Broadband statistics
  • 16. Laos
    • 16.1 Overview
      • 16.1.1 Broadband statistics
  • 17. Macau
    • 17.1 Overview
      • 17.1.1 Broadband statistics
  • 18. Malaysia
    • 18.1 Overview
      • 18.1.1 Broadband statistics
    • 18.2 Broadband infrastructure
    • 18.3 Broadband Internet
    • 18.4 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL)
    • 18.5 Wireless broadband
      • 18.5.1 WiMAX
      • 18.5.2 Time dotCom
      • 18.5.3 NasionCom
    • 18.6 Broadband Powerline (BPL)
    • 18.7 Internet via satellite
  • 19. Maldives
    • 19.1 Overview
      • 19.1.1 Broadband statistics
    • 19.2 Internet via satellite
  • 20. Mongolia
    • 20.1 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL)
      • 20.1.1 Broadband statistics
    • 20.2 Fibre-to-the-building (FttB) project
  • 21. Myanmar
    • 21.1 Overview
      • 21.1.1 Broadband statistics
  • 22. Nepal
    • 22.1 Overview
  • 23. Pakistan
    • 23.1 Overview
      • 23.1.1 Broadband statistics
    • 23.2 Cable modems
    • 23.3 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL)
    • 23.4 Wireless broadband/WiMAX
    • 23.5 Fibre-to-the-Home (FttH)
    • 23.6 Internet via satellite
  • 24. Philippines
    • 24.1 Overview
      • 24.1.1 Broadband statistics
    • 24.2 Regulatory issues
    • 24.3 National Broadband Network (NBN)
    • 24.4 Cable modems
    • 24.5 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL)
      • 24.5.1 PLDT’s myDSL
      • 24.5.2 BayanTel
      • 24.5.3 GlobeNet
      • 24.5.4 Bell Telecom’s I-Direct
  • 25. Singapore
    • 25.1 Overview
      • 25.1.1 Broadband statistics
    • 25.2 Broadband Multimedia Network – Singapore One
      • 25.2.1 Project overview
      • 25.2.2 Project development
    • 25.3 Next Generation National Infocomm Infrastructure (Next Gen NII)
      • 25.3.1 Planning phase
      • 25.3.2 Proposal phase
    • 25.4 Broadband service providers
    • 25.5 Cable modems
    • 25.6 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL)
    • 25.7 Powerline broadband
    • 25.8 Internet via satellite
    • 25.9 IP-Virtual Private Network (IP-VPN)
    • 25.10 Fibre-to-the-Home (FttH)
    • 25.11 Wireless broadband
      • 25.11.1 Allocation of wireless broadband spectrum
      • 25.11.2 Local Multipoint Distribution Service (LMDS)
      • 25.11.3 WiFi
      • 25.11.4 The Wireless@SG initiative
      • 25.11.5 Ultra-Wideband (UWB)
  • 26. South Korea
    • 26.1 Overview
      • 26.1.1 Broadband statistics
    • 26.2 Growth drivers
      • 26.2.1 Housing situation
      • 26.2.2 Price
      • 26.2.3 Broadband content
      • 26.2.4 Government support
    • 26.3 Major broadband ISPs
      • 26.3.1 Broadband ISP market leaders
      • 26.3.2 KT/KorNet
      • 26.3.3 Hanaro Telecom/HanaNet
      • 26.3.4 Korea Thrunet
      • 26.3.5 Dacom/BoraNet
      • 26.3.6 Onse
    • 26.4 Broadband services
      • 26.4.1 Overview
      • 26.4.2 Cable modem
      • 26.4.3 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL)
      • 26.4.4 Very high data rate DSL (VDSL)
      • 26.4.5 Apartment LAN (A-LAN)
      • 26.4.6 Fibre-to-the-Home (FttH)
      • 26.4.7 Broadband over Powerline (BPL)/Powerline Communications (PLC)
      • 26.4.8 Wireless broadband
  • 27. Sri Lanka
    • 27.1 Overview
      • 27.1.1 Broadband statistics
      • 27.1.2 School Net project
    • 27.2 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL)
    • 27.3 Wireless broadband
  • 28. Taiwan
    • 28.1 Overview
      • 28.1.1 Broadband statistics
      • 28.1.2 National Information Infrastructure project
      • 28.1.3 Government initiatives for broadband
    • 28.2 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL)
    • 28.3 Cable modems
    • 28.4 Wireless broadband
      • 28.4.1 WiMAX
      • 28.4.2 M-Taiwan project
    • 28.5 Fibre-to-the-Home (FttH)
    • 28.6 Video-on-Demand (VoD)
      • 28.6.1 Broadband content market
    • 28.7 High-speed ISP services
      • 28.7.1 GigaMedia
  • 29. Thailand
    • 29.1 Overview
      • 29.1.1 Broadband statistics
    • 29.2 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL)
    • 29.3 Cable modems
    • 29.4 Internet via satellite
    • 29.5 Wireless Internet
      • 29.5.1 WiMAX
    • 29.6 Major broadband operators
      • 29.6.1 True
      • 29.6.2 TOT
      • 29.6.3 CAT
      • 29.6.4 Advance Datanetwork Communications (ADC)
      • 29.6.5 Triple T Broadband/TT&T
  • 30. Uzbekistan
    • 30.1 Overview
      • 30.1.1 Broadband statistics
  • 31. Vietnam
    • 31.1 Overview
      • 31.1.1 Broadband statistics
  • 32. Glossary of Abbreviations
  • Table 1 – Broadband subscribers in Afghanistan – 2004 - 2007
  • Table 2 – Broadband subscribers in Azerbaijan – 2003 - 2007
  • Table 3 – Broadband Internet subscribers in Brunei Darussalam – 2001 - 2007
  • Table 4 – Broadband subscribers and households in Brunei Darussalam - 2007
  • Table 5 – Broadband subscribers and annual change in China – 2000 - 2008
  • Table 6 – Broadband subscribers by access type and annual change in China – 2007
  • Table 7 – Broadband subscribers and households in China - February 2008
  • Table 8 – China Telecom broadband subscribers and annual change – 2003 - 2008
  • Table 9 – China Netcom broadband subscribers and annual change – 2003 - 2008
  • Table 10 – Cable modem Internet subscribers and annual change in China – 2000 - 2007
  • Table 11 – DSL subscribers and annual change in China – 2000 - 2007
  • Table 12 – China Telecom DSL subscribers and annual change – 2003 - 2007
  • Table 13 – China Netcom Broadband revenue – 2003 - 2007
  • Table 14 – Broadband subscribers in Georgia – 2001 - 2007
  • Table 15 – Broadband subscribers by place of access in Hong Kong – 2007
  • Table 16 – Broadband subscribers in Hong Kong – 2000 - 2007
  • Table 17 – Broadband subscribers by access type and annual change in Hong Kong – Sep 2007
  • Table 18 – Broadband subscribers and households in Hong Kong - 2007
  • Table 19 – Broadband Internet traffic volume in Hong Kong – 2000 - 2007
  • Table 20 – Cable modem subscribers in Hong Kong – 2003 - 2007
  • Table 21 – DSL subscribers in Hong Kong – 1999 - 2007
  • Table 22 – i-Cable broadband and VoIP subscribers, penetration and ARPU – 2000 - 2007
  • Table 23 – i-Cable cable TV subscribers, penetration and ARPU – 1995 - 2007
  • Table 24 – HKBN triple play subscribers, ARPU and IDD traffic volume – 2003 - 2007
  • Table 25 – PCCW broadband subscribers – 2000 - 2007
  • Table 26 – Pacific Internet subscribers by access type – 2004 - 2006
  • Table 27 – Broadband subscribers in India – 2001 - 2008
  • Table 28 – Broadband subscribers and households in India - 2007
  • Table 29 – Broadband subscribers by access and annual change in India – 2007
  • Table 30 – Broadband subscribers and market share by access in India – Sep 2007
  • Table 31 – Broadband and Internet subscriber targets in India – 2005; 2007; 2010
  • Table 32 – Cable modem subscribers in India – 2001 - 2007
  • Table 33 – DSL subscribers in India – 2001 - 2008
  • Table 34 – Broadband subscribers and households in Indonesia - 2007
  • Table 35 – Broadband subscribers in Indonesia – 2000 - 2007
  • Table 36 – DSL subscribers in Indonesia – 2001 - 2007
  • Table 37 – Broadband subscribers in Japan – 2000 - 2007
  • Table 38 – Broadband subscribers and households in Japan - September 2007
  • Table 39 – Broadband subscribers and annual change by access type in Japan – Sep 2007
  • Table 40 – Broadband subscribers and market share by access type in Japan – Sept 2007
  • Table 41 – Cable modem broadband subscribers in Japan – 1998 - 2007
  • Table 42 – DSL broadband subscribers in Japan – 1999 - 2007
  • Table 43 – DSL subscribers and market share by operator in Japan – Sep 2007
  • Table 44 – Softbank’s broadband capacity and lines in service – 2002 - 2006
  • Table 45 – FttH broadband subscribers in Japan – 2002 - 2007
  • Table 46 – FttH subscribers and market share by operator in Japan – 2007
  • Table 47 – Broadband subscribers in Kazakhstan – 2003 - 2007
  • Table 48 – Broadband subscribers in Kyrgyzstan – 2003 - 2007
  • Table 49 – Broadband subscribers by access type in Laos – June 2007
  • Table 50 – Broadband subscribers by ISP and access type in Laos – 2006
  • Table 51 – Broadband subscribers and households in Macau - January 2008
  • Table 52 – Broadband subscribers in Macau – 2001 - 2008
  • Table 53 – DSL subscribers in Macau – 2001 - 2007
  • Table 54 – Broadband subscribers in Malaysia – 2002 - 2008
  • Table 55 – Broadband subscribers by access type in Malaysia – 2007
  • Table 56 – Broadband subscribers and households in Malaysia - 2007
  • Table 57 – TMNet (Streamyx) subscribers – 2003 - 2007
  • Table 58 – Broadband Internet subscribers in the Maldives – 2004 - 2007
  • Table 59 – Broadband statistics in the Maldives – October 2007
  • Table 60 – Broadband subscribers in Mongolia – September 2007
  • Table 61 – Broadband subscribers in Myanmar – 2005 - 2007
  • Table 62 – Broadband statistics in Pakistan – March 2007
  • Table 63 – Broadband subscribers in Pakistan – 2004 - 2007
  • Table 64 – DSL subscribers in Pakistan – 2005 - 2007
  • Table 65 – Broadband subscribers in the Philippines – 2001 - 2008
  • Table 66 – Broadband subscribers and households in the Philippines - 2007
  • Table 67 – PLDT broadband subscribers and market share – 2005 - 2008
  • Table 68 – Broadband subscribers by service provider in the Philippines – March 2008
  • Table 69 – PLDT DSL subscribers – 2001 - 2008
  • Table 70 – Broadband statistics in Singapore – February 2008
  • Table 71 – Broadband subscribers in Singapore – 1999 - 2008
  • Table 72 – Broadband subscribers and household subscribers in Singapore - February 2008
  • Table 73 – Overview of broadband access in Singapore - February 2008
  • Table 74 – Broadband market share by access type in Singapore – February 2008
  • Table 75 – Broadband subscribers, annual change & market share by major providers in Singapore – 2007
  • Table 76 – Cable modem subscribers in Singapore – 2000 - 2008
  • Table 77 – DSL subscribers in Singapore – 2000 - 2008
  • Table 78 – Broadband subscribers & penetration in South Korea – 1998 - 2008
  • Table 79 – Broadband subscribers & annual change by access type in South Korea – 2007
  • Table 80 – Broadband subscribers and households in South Korea - February 2008
  • Table 81 – Broadband Internet subscribers by system in South Korea – 1998 - 2007
  • Table 82 – Broadband users by access type (wired and/or wireless) in South Korea - 2006
  • Table 83 – Broadband subscribers & market share by major provider in South Korea – April 2007
  • Table 84 – Broadband subscribers by access type in South Korea – February 2008
  • Table 85 – Cable modem subscribers in South Korea – 2000 - 2007
  • Table 86 – Cable modem (HFC) subscribers by service provider in South Korea – March 2007
  • Table 87 – DSL subscribers in South Korea – 1999 - 2007
  • Table 88 – DSL subscribers by service provider in South Korea – March 2007
  • Table 89 – A-LAN subscribers by service provider in South Korea – March 2007
  • Table 90 – FttH subscribers by service provider in South Korea – March 2007
  • Table 91 – Broadband subscribers in Sri Lanka – 2002 - 2008
  • Table 92 – Broadband subscribers, penetration & proportion of Internet subscribers Taiwan – 2000 - 2007
  • Table 93 – Broadband subscribers and households Taiwan - 2007
  • Table 94 – Broadband subscribers by access type and annual change in Taiwan – 2007
  • Table 95 – DSL subscribers in Taiwan – 2001 - 2007
  • Table 96 – Chunghwa Telecom broadband subscribers and market share – 2001 - 2007
  • Table 97 – Chunghwa Telecom HiNet subscriber and ARPU – 2004 - 2006
  • Table 98 – Breakdown of xDSL and cable download speeds in Taiwan – 2007
  • Table 99 – GigaMedia broadband subscribers – 1999 - 2005
  • Table 100 – Broadband subscribers in Thailand – 2001 - 2008
  • Table 101 – Broadband subscribers and households in Thailand - 2007
  • Table 102 – DSL subscribers in Thailand – 2002 - 2007
  • Table 103 – True broadband subscribers – 2004; 2006 - 2007
  • Table 104 – Broadband subscribers in Uzbekistan – 2007
  • Table 105 – Broadband statistics in Vietnam – 2007
  • Exhibit 1 – Confusion surrounding DSL statistics in South Korea
  • Exhibit 2 – Estimated B-WLL frequencies, bandwidth and applications in South Korea
  • Exhibit 3 – LMCS network operators in South Korea

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