Macau - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
Macau’s smart city project gains momentum
Macau boasts a sophisticated, independently regulated communications market. Gradual liberalisation has now fully opened the telecoms market with the full impact slowly becoming evident.
Fixed line subscriptions in Macau continue to fall. Macau’s fixed-line market is transitioning to a fibre broadband market as CTM invests significantly in fibre access networks, a project made possible given Macau’s high population density.
Fixed-line broadband market penetration has grown slowly over the past five years in a highly mature market. Over the next five years to 2023 growth is expected to further subside, as the remainder of the ADSL customers are predicted to migrate to fibre access.
Competition is intense in Macau’s mobile market, with four mobile network operators and a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) offering services. All four operators offer 4G LTE services.
Mobile subscriber and mobile penetration rates are high, exceeding 300%; this high figure is due to the in excess of 20 million visitors that visit Macau annually as well as the usage of multiple sim cards by mobile subscribers. Mobile broadband has presented mobile operators with an additional revenue growth opportunity, driving investment in 4G LTE and 5G networks.
Following the introduction of the global 5G standard, CTM has begun testing 5G wireless technology. If the 5G license and spectrum arrangements progress well, 5G in Macau will synchronize with the neighbouring regions which plan to launch 5G services for commercial use in 2020.
Macau’s smart city project is being developed outside mainland China. This project will span different areas such as transportation, medical services, tourism and e-government, with certain aspects being implemented by 2019.
CTM opened its data centre in Hong Kong.
Macau’s smart city project is being developed outside mainland China.
Fibre is cannibalising Macau’s largely ADSL-based broadband subscriber base.
Market liberalisation and network coverage targets on new entrants is driving fibre investment.
Companies mentioned in this report:
Compahnia de Telecomunicações de Macau (CTM), MTel, Macau Cable TV, Macau Basic Television Channels Limited, MOOV, KKBox, Soliton, SmarTone, 3 Macau, China Telecom.
Table of Contents
1. Executive Summary
2. Key statistics
3. Country overview
3.2 Macau’s economy
4. Telecommunications market
4.1 Market Overview and Analysis
4.2 Regional Asian Market Comparison
5. Regulatory environment
5.1 Historical overview
5.2 Regulatory authority
5.3 Liberalisation and regulatory developments
6. Fixed Network Operators
6.1 Compahnia de Telecomunicações de Macau (CTM)
7. Telecommunications infrastructure
7.1 Overview of the national telecom network
7.2 International infrastructure
7.3 Data Centres
8. Smart Infrastructure
8.1 Smart Cities
9. Fixed-line broadband market
9.1 Market Overview
9.2 Broadband statistics and Forecasts
9.3 Fixed-line broadband technologies
9.3.1 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
9.3.2 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) and Fibre-To-The-Home (FttH)
9.3.3 Other fixed broadband services
10. Mobile market
10.2 Mobile Statistics and Forecasts
10.3 Mobile Broadband Statistics
10.4 Mobile Regulatory issues
10.4.1 CDMA licences awarded
10.4.2 3G licences
10.4.3 LTE licensing
11. Mobile infrastructure
11.1 Analogue networks
11.2 Digital networks
12. Major Mobile Operators
12.1 Operator Statistics
12.3 3 Macau (Hutchison Telecom Macau)
12.4 SmarTone Mobile Communications (Macau) Ltd
12.5 China Telecom
13. Mobile content and applications
13.2 m-banking (payments/loans)
14. Digital economy
15. Digital Media
15.1 MCTV (Macau Cable TV) conflict
15.2 Macau Basic Television Channels Limited
15.3 Satellite TV
16. Related reports
Table 1 – Country Statistics, Major Operators and Telco Authorities – 2018 (e)
Table 2 – Top Level Country Statistics – 2018 (e)
Table 3 – Number of licensed operators by service – 2018
Table 4 – Historic - CTM mobile, fixed-line and broadband subscribers and ARPU: 2007 – 2012
Table 5 – Fixed Line Subscriptions and Penetration – 2007 – 2018
Table 6 –Fixed-line subscribers – residential v. business – 2010 – 2018
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