China - Fixed Broadband Market - Statistics and Analyses


China’s government is aiming for universal and affordable broadband coverage through investment and competition as specified in policies: Private investment in state-controlled industries, Broadband China, and Internet Plus.

Unlike the US market, where cable internet access plays a prominent role in developing the fixed broadband market, DSL was the initial driving force behind fixed broadband growth in China, followed later by EPON fibre and now GPON fibre.

Fixed broadband penetration in China has grown strongly over the past five years. Fibre broadband continues to be the fastest growing broadband segment, as DSL and cable modem access will continue to decline as customers migrate away from these platforms in favour of fibre broadband. Moderate growth is predicted over the next five years to 2024.

With the world’s largest online population, China’s digital economy has grown rapidly to cater to the needs of the online masses. Much of the initial growth in China’s digital economy was underpinned by the online demand for information, media and commerce, giving rise to China’s three domestic digital economy giants; Baidu (search), Alibaba (e-commerce) and Tencent (social media).

Also evolving within China’s digital economy to meet the needs of China’s online audience are the banking and financial services industry, public administration services, health services and education services.

Key Developments:

  • Fixed broadband penetration in China has grown strongly over the past five years.
  • Fibre has overtaken DSL to be the key fixed broadband technology platform.
  • China's massive online population allows a number of social media platforms to flourish.

Companies covered in this report include:

China Mobile; China Telecom; China Unicom, Alibaba,, Baidu, Tencent

Table of Contents

  • Market overview and analysis

  • Broadband statistics and Forecast

    • Operator broadband subscribers
  • Government Broadband Policy and Plans

  • Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) and Fibre-To-The-Home (FttH)

    • Overview
    • China Telecom
    • China Unicom
    • China Mobile
  • Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks

  • Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks

    • Fixed wireless
  • Digital economy

    • Introduction
    • e-Commerce
  • Digital media

    • Introduction
    • Regulation
    • Key digital media players
    • Internet Protocol TV (IPTV)
    • Hybrid fibre coax cable (HFC)
    • Video streaming
  • Related reports

List of Tables

  • Table 1 – Fixed Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) – 2009 – 2024
  • Table 2 – Lit/Equipped International Bandwidth Capacity – 2013 – 2018
  • Table 3 – China Telecom - fixed broadband subscribers– 2003 – 2019
  • Table 4 – China Unicom – Fixed line Broadband subscribers – 2008 – 2019
  • Table 5 – China Mobile – Fixed Line Broadband subscribers – 2017 – 2019
  • Table 6 – Historic - Number of Broadband Access Ports, Proportion of FTTH Ports – 2010 – 2017
  • Table 7 – Historic - Number of Fibre Broadband Users – 2012 – 2017
  • Table 8 – China Telecom – FTTH Subscribers – 2013 – 2018
  • Table 9 – China Unicom – Fixed broadband subscribers – 2017 - 2019
  • Table 10 – Historic - Cable TV subscriptions and annual growth – 2008 – 2016

List of Charts

  • Chart 1 – Fixed Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) – 2009 – 2024

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Last updated 23 Aug 2019
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Analyst: Phil Harpur

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