Hong Kong - Fixed Broadband Market, Digital Economy and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses

Synopsis

The extensive roll-out of fixed broadband infrastructure has allowed Hong Kong to provide almost all households with access to high-speed broadband connectivity. Internationally, Hong Kong’s broadband penetration rate is among the highest in the world.

Broadband investment initially focused on DSL and HFC technology platforms although operators have switched focus to higher bandwidth fibre access platforms, due to inherent advantage of fibre access networks over competing platforms, especially in the geographically compact territory of Hong Kong.

Fixed-line broadband market penetration has grown slowly over the past five years in a highly mature market. Over the next five years to 2022 growth is expected to continue to increase slowly.

Demand for broadband is driven by consumption of bandwidth-intensive online services such as OTT video, music and games; the proliferation of Internet connected devices including TVs, smartphones, tablets and PCs; and increasing usage of corporate broadband services that include cloud services and software.

Underpinned by widely accessible, fast and affordable fixed and mobile broadband services, Hong Kong has developed into a digital economy to improve socio-economic development. Technology has been utilised to improve the quality, accessibility and affordability of commerce, government services, healthcare, education and utilities.

Key Developments:

  • Increasing disaggregation between content providers and distributors has allowed OTT video and music providers to flourish.
  • Fixed-line broadband market penetration has grown slowly over the past five years in a highly mature market.
  • WiFi has come into renewed focus in Hong Kong as a means to alleviate the impact of smartphones on 4G network performance.

Companies mentioned in this report include:

PCCW/HKT/CSL; Hong Kong Broadband Network (HKBN); i-Cable; NOW TV, Hutchison Global Communications Ltd (HGC), SmarTone.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Broadband market
    • 2.1 Market Overview and Analysis
  • 3. Fixed Broadband Statistics and Forecasts
  • 4. Fixed Broadband Service Providers
  • 5. Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
  • 6. Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) Networks
  • 7. Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP)
    • 7.1 Overview
    • 7.2 Hong Kong Broadband Network (HKBN)
    • 7.3 HKT
    • 7.4 i-Cable
  • 8. Other fixed broadband services
    • 8.1 WiFi
  • 9. Digital Economy
    • 9.1 Introduction
    • 9.2 E-Commerce
    • 9.3 E-Payments
    • 9.4 E-Government
      • 9.4.1 E-government statistics
      • 9.4.2 E-Government Infrastructure Services (EGIS)
      • 9.4.3 E-government network
      • 9.4.4 Smart Card
    • 9.5 E-Health
      • 9.5.1 Overview of Hong Kong’s healthcare system
      • 9.5.2 ICT usage in Hong Kong’s healthcare system
      • 9.5.3 Electronic Health Record
      • 9.5.4 Improving the accuracy of drug dispensing
    • 9.6 E-Education
  • 10. Digital media
    • 10.1 Introduction
    • 10.2 Pay TV
    • 10.3 Key Digital Media Players
      • 10.3.1 PCCW
      • 10.3.2 i-cable
      • 10.3.3 Television Broadcasts Ltd (TVB)
      • 10.3.4 Asia Television Ltd (ATV)
    • 10.4 Hybrid fibre coax cable (HFC) and microwave multipoint distribution system (MMDS)
    • 10.5 Internet Protocol TV (IPTV)
    • 10.6 Analogue transmission
    • 10.7 Digital terrestrial transmission
    • 10.8 Videostreaming
    • 10.9 Social Media
    • 10.10 Communications: VoIP, messaging, conferencing
    • 10.11 Music
      • 10.11.1 Introduction
      • 10.11.2 Major players
  • 11. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Fixed Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) – 2007 - 2022
  • Table 2 – Internet Users and Penetration – 2007 - 2017
  • Table 3 – Historic - Fixed broadband internet access subscribers – 2000 - 2016
  • Table 4 – Historic - Residential broadband subscriptions by technology platform – 2010 - 2016
  • Table 5 – Historic - Residential broadband ARPU – 2010 - 2016
  • Table 6 – HKT - broadband subscribers (thousands)– 2007 - 2017
  • Table 7 – Hong Kong Broadband – residential broadband subscribers – 2010 - 2017
  • Table 8 – HKT – total broadband subscribers (millions) – 2011 – 2017
  • Table 9 – HKT – fibre broadband subscribers – 2003 – 2017
  • Table 10 – Number of public WiFi access point and WiFi zones – 2007 - 2016
  • Chart 1 – Fixed Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) – 2007 - 2022
  • Chart 2 – Internet Users and Penetration – 2007 - 2017
  • Exhibit 1 – Popular online activities
  • Exhibit 2 – Advantages of e-learning
  • Exhibit 3 – Transmission modes employed by TV licensees
  • Exhibit 4 –TV broadcasting licensees
  • Exhibit 5 – Radio broadcasting licensees

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