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 2023 due to a highly mature and highly competitive market.

Strong infrastructure-based competition has forced operators to continually upgrade network capacity and speed, deploying mobile broadband technologies such as HSPA and LTE combined with wireless broadband technologies such as WiFi.

Mobile broadband subscriber growth is expected to be relatively low over the next five years to 2023 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) claimed to be the first operator in Hong Kong to test an end-to-end 5G network using Customer Premises Equipment (CPE) enabling in-home high-speed Wi-Fi internet access to end-users and Hutchison 3 as completed outdoor 5G trials using 3.5GHz and 28GHz spectrum.

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 2023

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

    • Background
  • Mobile Statistics and Forecasts

  • Mobile Broadband Statistics and Forecasts

  • Regulatory issues

    • Licensing
      • 3G Licensing
    • Spectrum
      • 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)
  • Mobile content and applications

    • m-Banking
    • m-Trading
    • m-TV
      • China Mobile HK’s UTV
      • HKTV
  • Related reports


List of Tables

  • Table 1 – Mobile Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) – 2007 – 2023
  • Table 2 – Historic - Mobile subscribers, annual change and penetration – 1984 – 2006
  • Table 3 – Historic - Prepaid and activated SIM cards – 1997 – 2015
  • Table 4 – Historic - 3G/4G mobile subscribers – 2005 – 2016
  • Table 5 – Historic - Mobile data usage per person – 2005 – 2015
  • Table 6 – Historic - SMS messages sent and received – 2002 – 2015
  • Table 7 – Mobile Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) – 2009 - 2023
  • Table 8 – Historic - Total mobile numbers ported
  • Table 9 – Mobile operators - subscribers and market share – 2018
  • Table 10 – HKT - prepaid and postpaid subscribers – 2005 – 2018
  • Table 11 – HKT financial data - (HK$ million) – 2016 – 2018
  • Table 12 – 3 Hutchison - mobile subscribers – 1998 – 2018
  • Table 13 – Historic – 3 Hutchison - mobile subscribers 2G and 3G postpaid and total
  • Table 14 – 3 Hutchison – Services Revenue – 2016 – 2018
  • Table 15 – 3 Hutchison – Capex – 2017 – 2018
  • Table 16 – 3 Hutchison - postpaid ARPU, AMPU and churn – 2010 – 2018
  • Table 17 – SmarTone financial data – 2009 – 2018
  • Table 18 – SmarTone – Blended ARPU – 2002 – 2018
  • Table 19 – SmarTone mobile subscribers – 1998 – 2018
  • Table 20 – SmarTone spectrum holdings – January 2015
  • Table 21 – China Mobile Hong Kong – Mobile Services Revenue – 2016 – 2017
  • Table 22 – China Mobile Hong Kong - subscribers and annual change – 1998 – 2018
  • Table 23 – Historic - MVNO subscribers – 2005 – 2016

List of Charts

  • Chart 1 – Mobile Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) – 2008 – 2023
  • Chart 2 – Mobile Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) – 2009 - 2023

List of Exhibits

  • Exhibit 1 – HTHKH frequency allocations – June 2015

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