China - Key Statistics, Telecom Market, Regulatory Overview and Forecasts

Synopsis

The Chinese telecom market is the largest in the world in terms of subscribers. The mobile sector is still expanding at 5%-10% per annum and 3G services have now gained momentum supported by a more mature value chain. Confronted with a continuous decline in the fixed-line market, the government has intervened to set aggressive targets for broadband services. This report presents key aspects of the China telecom market in 2014. It includes an overview of the regulatory environment, market highlights and comprehensive statistics and fixed-line forecasts to 2018.

Key developments:

  • continued strong mobile subscriber growth fast approaching 1.3 billion;
  • 3G subscribers accounting for 40% of the mobile subscriber base by end-2014;
  • continued decline in fixed-line telephony subscribers and revenue;
  • non-voice revenue comprising over 50% of total industry revenue;
  • the EU ended its dispute with China over the import of telecommunications equipment;
  • MVNO licences issued by the MIIT.

Companies covered in this report include:

China Mobile; China Telecom; China Unicom

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Key statistics
  • 3. Country Overview
    • 3.1 Background
    • 3.2 China’s economy
  • 4. Telecommunications market progression
    • 4.1 Background of China’s telecom market
      • 4.1.1 Background of China’s telecom market – 1980s and 1990s
      • 4.1.2 Background of China’s telecom market – 2000-2007
      • 4.1.3 China’s telecom market restructure in 2008
      • 4.1.4 Trade dispute – 2013/2014
    • 4.2 Overview of China’s telecom market – 2008-2012
      • 4.2.1 Revenue breakdown: 2011 - 2012
  • 5. Telecommunications market sectors
    • 5.1 Fixed lines and mobiles
      • 5.1.1 Fixed-line network
      • 5.1.2 Mobile network
      • 5.1.3 Timetable for China’s telephone users
    • 5.2 Internet and broadband
      • 5.2.1 Rural connectivity
      • 5.2.2 Product ownership
  • 6. Regulatory environment
    • 6.1 Overview
    • 6.2 Eleventh Five-Year Plan (2006-2010)
    • 6.3 Twelfth Five-Year Plan (2011-2015)
    • 6.4 E-government
      • 6.4.1 Government e-commerce projects
    • 6.5 Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT)
      • 6.5.1 Ministry of Information Industry (MII)
      • 6.5.2 MII Expansion
      • 6.5.3 Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT)
    • 6.6 China Internet Network Information Centre
  • 7. Regulatory developments: 2013 - 2014
    • 7.1 MVNO licences
    • 7.2 Corruption
    • 7.3 MiiT to draw foreign investment
  • 8. Forecasts
    • 8.1 Forecast fixed-line subscribers – 2013-2018
    • 8.2 Forecasting methodology
  • 9. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Country statistics – 2014
  • Table 2 – Telecom revenue and investment statistics – 2012
  • Table 3 – Telephone network statistics – October 2014
  • Table 4 – Internet user statistics – 2013
  • Table 5 – Broadband statistics – October 2014
  • Table 6 – Mobile statistics – October 2014
  • Table 7 – National telecommunications authorities
  • Table 8 – Percentage share of global GDP – 1991, 2014
  • Table 9 – China GDP growth – 2006 - 2015
  • Table 10 – Telecom industry revenue and fixed asset investment – 2006 - 2013
  • Table 11 – Fixed-line and mobile subscriptions and penetration rate – 1998 - 2014
  • Table 12 – Fixed-line local telephone calls – 2006 - 2013
  • Table 13 – Fixed-line traditional long-distance telephone calls – 2006 - 2013
  • Table 14 – Growth in IP telephony in China – 2004 - 2012
  • Table 15 – China’s telephone subscribers fixed versus mobile overview – 1998 - 2013
  • Table 16 – Product ownership in households: 2005; 2009
  • Table 17 – Forecast fixed-line subscribers and penetration – lower band: 2014; 2018
  • Table 18 – Forecast fixed-line subscribers and penetration – higher band: 2014; 2018
  • Chart 1 – China fixed-line and mobile subscribers – 2003 - 2014
  • Chart 3 – Fixed-line traditional long-distance telephone calls – 2008 - 2013
  • Chart 4 – Internet penetration rate of key countries – June 2012
  • Exhibit 1 – Map of China
  • Exhibit 2 – Restructuring of China’s telecommunications industry

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