2017 Taiwan - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses

Publication Overview

This report provides a comprehensive overview of trends and developments in Taiwan’s telecommunications market. The report analyses the Telecoms Infrastructure, mobile, fixed broadband, and Digital Economy sectors. Subjects include:

  • Market and industry analyses, trends and developments;
  • Facts, figures and statistics;
  • Industry and regulatory issues;
  • Infrastructure;
  • Major players, revenues, subscribers, ARPU;
  • Broadband, VoIP
  • Mobile voice and data markets;
  • Broadband (FttH, DSL, wireless);
  • Mobile, broadband and fixed line forecasts to 2022.

Researcher:- Phil Harpur
Current publication date:- October 2017 (23rd Edition)

Executive Summary

Mobile Broadband Continues to Drive Taiwan’s telco sector

Taiwan has developed a dynamic telecommunications industry defined by excellent telecommunications infrastructure and a very competitive mobile market. Taiwan’s fixed-line market continues to be dominated by incumbent operator Chunghwa Telecom despite competition and fixed mobile substitution eating into its market share and fixed-line revenue.

Recognising the ability of utilising ICT to improve both social and economic development, Taiwan has taken steps to develop a digital economy, encompassing digital media and e-services and building upon the high availability of fixed and mobile broadband networks.

The number of fixed-line subscribers in Taiwan grew gradually before peaking in 2005. Since then the trend has been one of gradual decline as fixed-lines are substituted with mobile phones. Changhwa Telecom (CHT) has tried to arrest the decline in fixed-lines by focusing on selling fixed broadband products.

Taiwan possesses an advanced fixed broadband market, with services accessible through a variety of technology platforms including DSL, fibre, Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC), leased lines and wireless. Fibre is the most popular platform and has underpinned Taiwan’s relatively high standing in global broadband rankings.

The penetration of Internet users in Taiwan is high compared to other Asian nations and has grown very strongly over the past five years driven by strong growth in mobile broadband. Slow growth is predicted over the next five years due to a relatively mature market.

The Taiwan government announced plans to invest US$1.5 billion over the next eight years to 2025 improve the nation’s digital infrastructure and bridge the rural-urban divide. The plan, is part of the government’s “Forward-looking Infrastructure Construction Project” and aims to improve rural access to broadband Internet, as well as develop a 5G mobile services network by 2020 and an Internet of Things (IoT) network.

Market penetration in the fixed broadband subscriber market has remained flat over the past five years due to a declining number of fixed lines and the growing dominance of mobile broadband.

Taiwan possesses a competitive mobile market comprised of six mobile network operators although the market is dominated by three players. High mobile penetration has resulted in intense competition to gain new subscribers hence the market was quick to embrace LTE.

Taiwan’s mobile market is relatively developed compared to other Asian markets and has experienced negative growth over the last five years due to an increasingly saturated market. Flat to very slow growth is predicted over the next five years to 2022. The market will be constrained from higher growth due to a saturated mobile subscriber market and strong local competition.

Taiwan has seen a rapid increase in mobile broadband penetration over the past five years driven by strong growth of 4G mobile subscribers. Slowing growth is predicted over the next five years to 2022 as the market reaches a heightened state of maturity. 

Key developments:

  • There is still limited competition in the local access market which is dominated by Chunghwa Telecom.
  • Fixed line penetration is predicted to gradually decline over the next five years to 2022.
  • The penetration of Internet users in Taiwan is high compared to other Asian nations and has grown very strongly over the past five years.
  • Market penetration in the fixed broadband subscriber market has remained flat over the past five years.
  • Slow internet growth is predicted over the next five years due to a relatively mature market.
  • Taiwan’s mobile market is relatively developed compared to other Asian markets.
  • Taiwan has seen a rapid increase in mobile broadband penetration over the past five years driven by strong growth of 4G mobile subscribers.
  • Slowing mobile broadband growth is predicted over the next five years to 2022.

Key companies mentioned in this report:

Chunghwa Telecom, New Century Infocom, Taiwan Fixed Network Telecom, Asia Pacific Broadband Telecommunications, GigaMedia, Far Eastone, WiMAX Telecom, Tatung Telecom, Global Mobile, Taiwan Mobile; Asia Pacific Telecom; Vibo Telecom; Ambit

Table of Contents

  • 1. Key statistics
  • 2. Telecommunications market
    • 2.1 Market Overview and analysis
    • 2.2 Market Revenues
    • 2.3 Historical overview
  • 3. Regulatory environment
    • 3.1 Historic overview
    • 3.2 Regulatory authority
    • 3.3 Ministry of Transport and Communications (MOTC)
    • 3.4 National Communications Commission (NCC)
    • 3.5 Government policies eg Telecom sector liberalisation
      • 3.5.1 Liberalisation
      • 3.5.2 Government initiatives for broadband and m-Taiwan
    • 3.6 Legislation and market liberalisation
    • 3.7 The 1996 Telecom Bill
    • 3.8 Foreign investment
    • 3.9 Licensing
      • 3.9.1 WiMAX in Taiwan – licensing
    • 3.10 Foreign equipment restrictions
    • 3.11 Telecoms tariffs
    • 3.12 Amendments to the Radio and Television act
    • 3.13 National Information and Communication Initiative (NICI)
  • 4. Fixed network operators
    • 4.1 Chunghwa Telecom Co Ltd (CHT)
    • 4.2 Taiwan Fixed Network Telecom
  • 5. Telecommunications infrastructure
    • 5.1 Fixed Line Subscribers and Market Forecast
    • 5.2 Forward Looking Infrastructure Project to 2025
    • 5.3 Submarine cable networks
    • 5.4 Satellite networks
    • 5.5 Cloud Computing
    • 5.6 Smart infrastructure
      • 5.6.1 Smart grids
  • 6. Broadband market
    • 6.1 Introduction and statistical overview
      • 6.1.1 Market Overview and Analysis
      • 6.1.2 Fixed Broadband statistics and Market Forecast
      • 6.1.3 Internet Statistics and Market Forecast
    • 6.2 Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
    • 6.3 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
    • 6.4 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) and Fibre-To-The-Home (FttH)
      • 6.4.1 FTTX and Taipei City government
      • 6.4.2 Fixed wireless (WiFi and WiMAX)
  • 7. Digital media
    • 7.1 Overview of broadcasting market
      • 7.1.1 Cable TV
  • 8. Digital economy
    • 8.1 Introduction
    • 8.2 e-Government
  • 9. Mobile communications
    • 9.1 Market Overview and analysis
      • 9.1.1 Background
    • 9.2 Mobile statistics
      • 9.2.1 General statistics and Forecasts
      • 9.2.2 Mobile Broadband Statistics and Market Forecasts
    • 9.3 Regulatory issues
      • 9.3.1 4G / LTE spectrum auctions
    • 9.4 Mobile infrastructure
      • 9.4.1 Brief intro analogue networks
      • 9.4.2 Digital networks
      • 9.4.3 Personal Handyphone Service (PHS)
      • 9.4.4 2G
      • 9.4.5 3G
      • 9.4.6 4G
      • 9.4.7 5G
    • 9.5 Major mobile operators
      • 9.5.1 Statistics by Mobile Operator
      • 9.5.2 Far EasTone Telecommunications Group
      • 9.5.3 Taiwan Mobile
      • 9.5.4 Chunghwa Telecom Co Ltd (CHT)
      • 9.5.5 Asia Pacific Telecom (APT)
      • 9.5.6 VIBO Telecom
      • 9.5.7 Ambit
      • 9.5.8 Star Cellular
      • Table 1 – Country statistics – 2017 (e)
      • Table 2 – Telecom revenue statistics – 2016
      • Table 3 – Telephone network statistics – 2017 (e)
      • Table 4 – Internet user statistics – 2017 (e)
      • Table 5 – Broadband statistics – 2017 (e)
      • Table 6 – Mobile statistics – 2017 (e)
      • Table 7 – National telecommunications authorities
      • Table 8 – Key Metrics - Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) - 2017 - 2022
      • Table 9 – Taiwan - Distribution of telecom revenue by services – 2016
      • Table 10 – Data communication revenue and mobile data service revenue ratios– 2001 - 2016
      • Table 11 – Historic - Taiwan telecoms service revenue – 1985; 1990; 1995; 2000; 2005 – 2014
      • Table 12 – Taiwan 2.5GHz spectrum winners – 2007
      • Table 13 – Taiwan - Chunghwa Telecom revenue, capex, net profit – 2000 – 2016
      • Table 14 – Taiwan - Chunghwa Telecom revenue breakdown – 2006 - 2016
      • Table 15 – Chunghwa Telecom fixed line subscribers, residential and business– 2000 - 2017
      • Table 16 – Fixed Line Subscriptions and Penetration (with Forecast) – 2007 - 2022
      • Table 17 – Historic - Fixed-line subscribers and penetration – 1995 - 2011
      • Table 18 – Taiwan - Call volumes for outgoing mobile and fixed network traffic – 1999 – 2016
      • Table 19 – Key Metrics - Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) - 2017 - 2022
      • Table 20– Fixed Broadband Subscribers (with Forecast) – 2007 - 2022
      • Table 21 – Historic - Fixed-line broadband subscribers, penetration – 2000 - 2011
      • Table 22 – Fixed-line Broadband Subscribers by Technology (millions) – 2007 – 2017
      • Table 23 – Historic - Fixed-line and wireless broadband subscribers by technology – 2003 – 2015
      • Table 24 – Taiwan - Chunghwa Telecom internet HiNet subscribers – 2003 – 2017
      • Table 25 – Chunghwa Telecom broadband subscribers by technology – 2001 – 2017
      • Table 26 – Taiwan - Chunghwa Telecom ARPU – 2001 – 2017
      • Table 27 – Historic - Taiwan – Chunghwa ADSL and FTTX ARPU – 2008 - 2014
      • Table 28 – Internet Users and Penetration (with Forecast) – 2007 - 2022
      • Table 29 – Historic - Internet Users and Penetration– 1995 - 2011
      • Table 30 – International internet bandwidth – 2000 - 2017
      • Table 31 – Taiwan - Cable Modem subscribers – 2000 - 2017
      • Table 32 – DSL subscribers – 2000 - 2017
      • Table 33 – Taiwan - FTTX subscribers – 2007 - 2017
      • Table 34 – Key Metrics - Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) - 2017 - 2022
      • Table 35 – Mobile Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) – 2007 - 2022
      • Table 36 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration – 1995 - 2011
      • Table 37 – Mobile subscribers by technology - 2G, 3G, 4G – 2014 – 2016
      • Table 38 – Mobile subscribers market share by technology - 2G, 3G, 4G – 2014 – 2016
      • Table 39 – Historic – Mobile subscribers by technology (PHS, 2G, 3G, LTE) – 2003 – 2015
      • Table 40 – 2G/3G/4G mobile services ARPU – 2005 - 2016
      • Table 41 – Prepaid mobile subscribers – market share – 2001 - 2017
      • Table 42 – SMS message volume – 2001 - 2016
      • Table 43 – Mobile data service revenue ratios – 2001 - 2016
      • Table 44– Mobile Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) – 2009 - 2022
      • Table 45 – Taiwan 3G/4G mobile broadband subscribers – 2008 - 2016
      • Table 46 – Mobile Operators – Subscribers and Market Share – 2017
      • Table 47 – Far EasTone revenue, EBITDA, capex, net profit and ARPU – 2003 - 2016
      • Table 48 – Taiwan - Far EasTone mobile subscribers and annual change – 1998 - 2017
      • Table 49 – Taiwan - Far EasTone blended ARPU – 2007 – 2017
      • Table 50 – Taiwan Mobile - revenue and net profit – 2003 – 2017
      • Table 51 – Taiwan - Taiwan Mobile subscribers and annual change – 1998 – 2017
      • Table 52 – Chunghwa Telecom mobile - 1998 – 2017
      • Table 53 – Chunghwa Telecom mobile subscribers market share – 2000 - 2017
      • Table 54 –Chunghwa Telecom’s blended mobile ARPU – 2001 - 2017
      • Table 55 –APT mobile subscribers – 2003 - 2017
      • Table 56 – Taiwan - VIBO Telecom mobile subscribers and annual change (historical) – 2005 - 2013
      • Chart 1 – Fixed Line & Mobile Penetration – 2017; 2022
      • Chart 2 – Fixed Line Subscriptions and Penetration (with Forecast) – 2007 - 2022
      • Chart 3– Internet, Fixed Broadband & Mobile Broadband Penetration – 2017; 2022
      • Chart 4 – Fixed Broadband Subscribers (with Forecast) - 2007 - 2022
      • Chart 5 – Internet Users and Penetration (with Forecast) - 2007 - 2022
      • Chart 6 – Percentage of Households with Internet Access at Home (with Forecast) - 2007 - 2022
      • Chart 7 – Percentage of Households with a Computer (with Forecast) - 2007 - 2022
      • Chart 8 – Fixed Line & Mobile Penetration – 2017; 2022
      • Chart 9 – Percentage of Population Covered by Type of Mobile Network
      • Chart 10 – Mobile Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) – 2007 - 2022
      • Chart 11 – Mobile Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) – 2009 - 2022
      • Chart 12 – Taiwan - Mobile Operators - Market Share – 2017
      • Exhibit 1 – Major global/regional submarine cables with landing point in Taiwan
      • Exhibit 2 – Major broadcasting organisations

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