Hong Kong - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses

Synopsis

Hong Kong possesses a small but well-developed mobile market and a number of Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs). Intense competition within a small market has led to consolidation, with the number of mobile network operators reduced to four.

Mobile subscriber penetration is now well over 200% due to the high number of tourists visiting Hong Kong and high number of local residents with more than one mobile device. Mobile subscriber growth is expected to be relatively low over the next five years to 2024 due to a highly mature and highly competitive market.

Mobile broadband subscriber growth is expected to be relatively low over the next five years to 2024 due to a highly mature mobile subscriber market, with a significant proportion of subscribers already having mobile broadband access.

The government of Hong Kong expects the territory to be among the world’s earliest adopters of 5G mobile technology in 2020. During 2018-19, a number of Hong Kong Mobile Operators are paving the way for the introduction of 5G services. China Mobile Hong Kong (CMHK) has test an end-to-end 5G network using Customer Premises Equipment (CPE) enabling in-home high-speed Wi-Fi internet access to end-users.

Key Developments:

  • Hong Kong expects the territory to be among the world's earliest adopters of 5G mobile technology in 2020.
  • CMHK claimed to be the first operator in Hong Kong to test an end-to-end 5G network using Customer Premises Equipment (CPE).
  • Mobile broadband subscriber growth is expected to be relatively low over the next five years to 2024.

Companies covered in this report include:

Hong Kong Telecom (HKT), Hutchison Telecom Hong Kong Holdings (3), SmarTone, Vodafone, China Mobile, China Mobile HK, CITIC Telecom.

Table of Contents

  • Market overview and analysis

  • Mobile statistics and forecasts

  • Mobile broadband statistics and forecasts

  • Regulatory issues

    • Licensing
      • 3G Licensing
    • Spectrum
      • Spectrum Plan 2019 - 2021
      • 2.5GHz – Broadband wireless access (4G)
      • 850MHz – CDMA2000
      • 1800MHz – GSM
      • 2.3GHz
      • 2.1GHz
      • 900MHz/1800MHz
      • 580 MHz
      • 5G
    • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
  • Mobile infrastructure

    • 2G
    • 3G
    • 4G
    • 5G
    • Voice over LTE (VoLTE)
  • Major mobile operators

    • Operator statistics
    • Hong Kong Telecom (HKT)
    • Hutchison Telekom (3 Hutchison)
    • SmarTone
    • China Mobile Hong Kong
    • Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNO)
  • Related reports


List of Tables

  • Table 1 – Mobile Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) – 2007 – 2024
  • Table 2 – Historic - Mobile subscribers, annual change and penetration – 1984 – 2006
  • Table 3 – Mobile Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) – 2009 - 2024
  • Table 4 – Historic - Total mobile numbers ported
  • Table 5 – Mobile operators - subscribers and market share – 2019
  • Table 6 – HKT - prepaid and postpaid subscribers – 2005 – 2019
  • Table 7 – HKT - financial data - (HK$ million) – 2016 – 2018
  • Table 8 – 3 Hutchison - mobile subscribers – 1998 – 2019
  • Table 9 – Historic – 3 Hutchison - mobile subscribers 2G and 3G postpaid and total
  • Table 10 – 3 Hutchison – Revenue – 2018 - 2019
  • Table 11 – 3 Hutchison - postpaid ARPU, AMPU and churn – 2010 – 2018
  • Table 12 – SmarTone financial data – 2009 – 2018
  • Table 13 – SmarTone – Blended ARPU – 2009 – 2018
  • Table 14 – SmarTone mobile subscribers (millions)– 2009 – 2019
  • Table 15 – SmarTone spectrum holdings – January 2015
  • Table 16 – China Mobile Hong Kong – subscribers – 2007 – 2018
  • Table 17 – Historic - MVNO subscribers – 2007 – 2016

List of Charts

  • Chart 1 – Mobile Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) – 2009 – 2024
  • Chart 2 – Mobile Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) – 2010 - 2024

List of Exhibits

  • Exhibit 1 – HTHKH frequency allocations – 2015

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