2018 Taiwan - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

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Last updated: 26 Sep 2018 Update History

Report Status: Archived

Report Pages: 130

Analyst: Sebastien De Rosbo

Publication Overview

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

  • Market and industry analyses, trends and developments;
  • Regional market comparisons
  • Telecoms Maturity Index
  • Industry and regulatory issues;
  • Infrastructure;
  • Major players, revenues, subscribers, ARPU;
  • Mobile voice and data markets;
  • Broadband (FTTH, DSL);
  • Internet of Things, 5G developments
  • Mobile, broadband and mobile broadband forecasts to 2023.

Researcher:- Phil Harpur
Current publication date:- September 2018 (24th Edition)

Executive Summary

Taiwan takes a world leadership role in the development of IoT

Taiwan has developed a dynamic telecommunications industry defined by excellent telecommunications infrastructure and a very competitive mobile market. Private investors are attracted to Taiwan due to its regulatory certainty, market maturity, an educated workforce and highly clustered ICT sector that sits at the heart of Taiwan’s economic development.

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.

Overall fixed line penetration decreased from 2012 to 2018. The market is predicted to gradually decline over the next five years to 2023. Fixed line penetration is predicted to drop as mobile and mobile broadband penetration continue to increase.

Taiwan is implementing a strategy to leverage its strengths in cost-effective, advanced manufacturing to attain a significant share of the global IoT market. The government has included technological development of IoT-enabled devices under its “5+2” industrial development plan.

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.

Fibre broadband growth in Taiwan is largely due to the migration of ADSL subscribers to fibre broadband access, attracted to the higher speeds on offer. Growth in overall fibre broadband subscriptions are expected to be subdued.

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. Over the next five years to 2023 very slow growth is predicted.

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 4G 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 2023. The market will be constrained from higher growth due to a saturated mobile subscriber market and strong local competition.

As with any shift in the market landscape, Taiwan’s three smaller players saw LTE introduction as an opportunity to expand market share, principally by offering more value to end users through higher speeds and/or lower prices.

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 2023 as the market reaches a heightened state of maturity. The mobile broadband market will be driven by increasingly faster speeds offered by the mobile operators as they roll out their 4G and 5G networks.

Asia Pacific Telecom (APT) recently launched what is claimed to be the country’s first TD-LTE network and APT is the first operator to receive approval to build a trial 5G network. APT expects to fully deploy its trial infrastructure by the end of 2018 and is looking to begin preparing for a commercial launch in 2020.

Key Developments

  • Taiwan is implementing a strategy to attain a significant share of the global IoT market.
  • Fixed line penetration is predicted to gradually decline over the next five years to 2023.
  • Cross border online shopping trade is continuing to grow strongly in Taiwan.
  • Market penetration in the fixed broadband subscriber market has remained flat over the past five years.
  • Taiwan has taken steps to develop a digital economy, encompassing digital media and e-services.
  • Line Corp has announced its entrance into Taiwan's MVNO market.
  • APT is the first operator to receive approval to build a trial 5G network.
  • Slowing mobile broadband growth is predicted over the next five years to 2023.

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

Phil Harpur

September 2018

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