China - Telecoms Infrastructure, Operators, Regulations - Statistics and Analyses

Synopsis

The Chinese telecom market is the largest in the world in terms of subscribers and is undergoing transition. China's telecommunications development has generally been driven by investments from government-allied entities and features a strong industrial policy.

As the market approaches saturation, there has been a shift of emphasis in China's broadband policy from infrastructure build-up and service provision to application creation and user demand stimulation.

China’s fixed-line market is in decline due to voice to mobile substitution. Fixed line penetration has dropped significantly over the past five years. This trend is predicted to continue over the next five years to 2023 driven by the growing adoption of mobile broadband.

In early 2018 the Chinese government updated its list of ‘sensitive sectors’ for outbound investment, removing telecoms operations from the list.

China is projected to lead spending on Internet of Things technologies in the Asia Pacific, driven by the agriculture and healthcare sectors.

This report presents key aspects of the China telecom market as it enters 2019. It includes an overview of the regulatory environment, market highlights and comprehensive statistics.

Key developments:

  • Fixed line penetration has dropped significantly over the past five years.
  • China’s government strengthens IOT policies to boost economic growth.
  • China is projected to lead spending on Internet of Things technologies in the Asia Pacific
  • China’s government further opens the telecom market to private companies.

Companies covered in this report include:

China Mobile; China Telecom; China Unicom

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Key statistics
  • 3. Telecommunications market
    • 3.1 Market overview and analysis
    • 3.2 Regional Asian Market Comparison
    • 3.3 Historical overview
      • 3.3.1 China’s telecom market – 1980s and 1990s
      • 3.3.2 China’s telecom market – 2000 - 2007
      • 3.3.3 China’s telecom market – 2008 - 2012
  • 4. Regulatory environment
    • 4.1 Historic overview
    • 4.2 Regulatory authority
      • 4.2.1 Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT)
      • 4.2.2 China Internet Network Information Centre
    • 4.3 Government policies
      • 4.3.1 Private investment in state-controlled industries
      • 4.3.2 Broadband China
      • 4.3.3 Three-network Convergence Policy
      • 4.3.4 Internet Plus
      • 4.3.5 IOT / M2M
    • 4.4 Telecommunications Regulations
    • 4.5 Licensing
    • 4.6 Interconnect
      • 4.6.1 Local calls and domestic long-distance calls
      • 4.6.2 International long-distance calls
      • 4.6.3 Internet backbone networks
      • 4.6.4 SMS
      • 4.6.5 MMS
    • 4.7 Tariff Setting
    • 4.8 Universal Service Obligation
  • 5. Competition issues
    • 5.1 New Telecommunications Licenses
  • 6. Fixed network operators
    • 6.1 Introduction
    • 6.2 China Telecom
    • 6.3 China Unicom
    • 6.4 China Mobile
    • 6.5 China Tower
    • 6.6 CITIC Networks
  • 7. Telecommunications infrastructure
    • 7.1 Overview of the national telecom network
    • 7.2 International infrastructure (satellite, submarine)
      • 7.2.1 Terrestrial and submarine cable infrastructure
      • 7.2.2 Satellite infrastructure
    • 7.3 Data Centres
    • 7.4 IT Equipment Manufacturers
  • 8. Smart infrastructure
    • 8.1 IoT
      • 8.1.1 Market Developments
      • 8.1.2 IoT Statistics
      • 8.1.3 Agriculture
      • 8.1.4 Healthcare
    • 8.2 Smart grids
      • 8.2.1 State Grid Corporation
    • 8.3 Smart cities
    • 8.4 Connected homes
    • 8.5 Connected cars
  • 9. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities – 2018 (e)
  • Table 2 – Historic - Telecom industry revenue and fixed asset investment
  • Table 3 – China Telecom financial data – 2001 - 2017
  • Table 4 – China Telecom revenue breakdown – 2009 – 2017
  • Table 5 – China Telecom fixed-line, fixed broadband subscribers and ARPU – 2004 - 2018
  • Table 6 – China Unicom financial data – 2001 - 2017
  • Table 7 – China Unicom – Fixed line Local access subscribers – 2008 - 2018
  • Table 8 – Fixed-lines and penetration rate – 1998 - 2018
  • Table 9 – Total international internet bandwidth – 2007 - 2018
  • Table 10 – Historic - International outlet bandwidth for key networks
  • Chart 1 – Asian Telecoms Maturity Index by Market Category
  • Chart 2 – Asian Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per Capita
  • Chart 3 – Telecoms Maturity Index – Northern Asia
  • Chart 4 – Fixed-line and penetration rate – 2007 - 2018
  • Exhibit 1 – Key Market Characteristics by Market Segment
  • Exhibit 2 – Northern Asia - Key Characteristics of Telecoms Markets by Country
  • Exhibit 3 – Restructuring of China’s telecommunications industry
  • Exhibit 4 – Regional/international fibre optic cable networks
  • Exhibit 5 – Selected Chinese satellite service providers and satellites
  • Exhibit 6 – China Satcom satellite fleet

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Last updated 22 Aug 2018
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Analyst: Phil Harpur

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