China - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses

Synopsis

Although China boasts the largest mobile market in the world, there is still much room for growth given the relatively recent focus on large scale LTE investment. China’s mobile market is served by mobile network operators China Telecom, China Mobile and China Unicom which operate a variety of technology platforms that reflect the commercial preferences of operators and the industry development policies of the government.

All three mobile network operators are focused on deploying LTE networks and monetizing such investments by enticing end users to upgrade to higher ARPU LTE products such as mobile broadband.

By 2017, the number of mobile subscribers had reached 1.36 billion and mobile penetration in China had reached 99%. However growth is expected to be relatively slow due to a saturated and mature market over the next five years to 2022.

Mobile broadband has seen very strong growth in China over the past five years. Slower growth is predicted for the next five years to 2022 in a fast maturing market. China has emerged as one of the most aggressive countries promoting 5G. The major Chinese internet companies will lead the way in introducing advanced consumer services based on 4K and 8K videos, as well as augmented and virtual reality technologies, on the new 5G networks.

Key developments:

  • Mobile is the most popular Internet access method in China.
  • China possesses the largest M2M market in the world.
  • Increasing focus on mobile apps by China’s digital media giants.
  • China has emerged as one of the most aggressive countries promoting 5G.

Companies covered in this report include:

China Mobile; China Telecom; China Unicom, Apple

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Market overview and analysis
  • 3. Mobile statistics
    • 3.1 General statistics
      • 3.1.1 OTT messaging services
    • 3.2 Mobile broadband
    • 3.3 Forecasts - mobile subscribers – 2017; 2019; 2022
      • 4. Regulatory issues
        • 4.1 Licensing
          • 4.1.1 LTE TDD
          • 4.1.2 LTE FDD
          • 4.1.3 MVNO licences
        • 4.2 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
        • 4.3 VAT Introduction
      • 5. Mobile infrastructure
        • 5.1 Digital networks
          • 5.1.1 GSM
          • 5.1.2 CDMA
          • 5.1.3 Third Generation (3G) mobile
          • 5.1.4 Fourth Generation (4G) mobile
          • 5.1.5 Fifth Generation (5G) mobile
        • 5.2 Other infrastructure developments
          • 5.2.1 General Packet Radio Service (GPRS)
          • 5.2.2 Enhanced Data for GSM Evolution (EDGE)
          • 5.2.3 Voice over LTE (VoLTE)
          • 5.2.4 NFC
          • 5.2.5 Tower Sharing Joint Venture
        • 5.3 IoT and M2M networks
          • 5.3.1 China Mobile
          • 5.3.2 China Telecom
          • 5.3.3 China Unicom
      • 6. Major mobile operators
        • 6.1 Operators
        • 6.2 China Mobile
          • 6.2.1 Company overview
          • 6.2.2 China Mobile: Financial statistics
          • 6.2.3 China Mobile: Operations statistics
        • 6.3 China Telecom
        • 6.4 China Unicom
        • 6.5 MVNOs
      • 7. Mobile content and applications
        • 7.1 Rich Communication Services (RCS)
        • 7.2 Mobile gaming
        • 7.3 m-commerce
        • 7.4 m-banking (payments/loans)
        • 7.5 Mobile Advertising
        • 7.6 m-TV
        • 7.7 Apps
          • 7.7.1 China Mobile
          • 7.7.2 China Telecom
          • 7.7.3 China Unicom
          • 7.7.4 Apple iOS App Store
      • 8. Related reports
      • Table 1 – Historical - Mobile subscribers and annual change – 1995 - 2002
      • Table 2 –– Mobile subscribers, Penetration and Annual Change - 2002 - 2017
      • Table 3 – Mobile broadband subscribers – 2009 - 2017
      • Table 4 – Forecast mobile subscribers and penetration rates – 2017; 2019; 2022
      • Table 5 – Mobile subscribers by operator and market share – 2017
      • Table 6 –– Mobile subscribers by provider - 2002 - 2017
      • Table 7 – Mobile subscriber market share by provider - 2002 - 2017
      • Table 8 – China Mobile revenue, capex, EBITDA margin, net profit – 2000 - 2017
      • Table 9 – CAPEX breakdown – 2016 - 2017
      • Table 10 – China Mobile ARPU – 1997 – 2016
      • Table 11 – China Mobile subscribers, annual change, and market share – 1997 - 2017
      • Table 12 – China Mobile - 3G and 4G subscribers – 2015 - 2017
      • Table 13 – China Telecom mobile and 3G/4G subscribers and ARPU – 2002 - 2017
      • Table 15 – Historic - China Unicom 2G and 3G/4G subscribers – 2002 – 2015
      • Table 16 – China Unicom 2G and 3G/4G ARPU– 2008 - 2016
      • Table 17 – Historic - Utilisation rate and number of users for mobile applications
      • Table 18 – Historic - Mobile online gaming users and utilisation rate
      • Table 19 – Historic - Apple net sales for Greater China
      • Chart 1 – China Mobile market subscribers and penetration – 2002 - 2017
      • Chart 2 – Mobile broadband subscribers – 2013 - 2017
      • Exhibit 1 – China Mobile Limited at a glance

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