Macau - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Executive summary

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.

Key Developments:

  • 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
    • 3.1 Background
    • 3.2 Macau’s economy
  • 4. Telecommunications market
    • 4.1 Market Overview and Analysis
    • 4.2 Regional Asian Market Comparison
    • 4.3 Background
  • 5. Regulatory environment
    • 5.1 Historical overview
    • 5.2 Regulatory authority
    • 5.3 Liberalisation and regulatory developments
    • 5.4 Licensing
  • 6. Fixed Network Operators
    • 6.1 Compahnia de Telecomunicações de Macau (CTM)
    • 6.2 MTel
  • 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
    • 10.1 Introduction
    • 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
      • 11.2.1 2G
      • 11.2.2 3G
      • 11.2.3 4G
      • 11.2.4 5G
  • 12. Major Mobile Operators
    • 12.1 Operator Statistics
    • 12.2 CTM
    • 12.3 3 Macau (Hutchison Telecom Macau)
    • 12.4 SmarTone Mobile Communications (Macau) Ltd
    • 12.5 China Telecom
  • 13. Mobile content and applications
    • 13.1 Introduction
    • 13.2 m-banking (payments/loans)
  • 14. Digital economy
    • 14.1 Introduction
    • 14.2 e-Commerce
    • 14.3 e-Government
      • 14.3.1 E-Macao
  • 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
  • Table 7 – Historic Fixed-lines and teledensity – 1985 - 2008
  • Table 8 – Fixed Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) – 2008 - 2023
  • Table 9 – Fixed Broadband Subscribers- Fibre vs ADSL – 2018
  • Table 10 – Internet Users and Penetration – 2007 - 2018
  • Table 11 – Internet Users and Penetration – 2007 - 2018
  • Table 12 – Historic - Internet users and penetration rate – 1994 - 2006
  • Table 13 – International internet bandwidth – 2007 - 2017
  • Table 14 – WiFi Hotspots – 2008 - 2018
  • Table 15 – Mobile Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) – 2007 - 2023
  • Table 16 – Mobile Subscribers by category - 2018
  • Table 17 – Historic - Mobile subscribers total and prepaid and penetration rate – 1990 – 2007
  • Table 18 – Mobile Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) – 2009 - 2023
  • Table 19 – Mobile subscribers by Mobile Operator and Market Share – 2018
  • Table 20 – CTM’s mobile subscribers – 2005 - 2018
  • Table 21 – Historic - Online activities by individuals – 2015
  • Table 22 – Historic - Broadcasting statistical overview – 2013
  • Chart 1 – Mobile, Mobile Broadband & Fixed Broadband Penetration – 2018; 2023
  • Chart 2 – Asian Telecoms Maturity Index by Market Category
  • Chart 3 – Asian Telecoms Maturity Index – Northern Asia
  • Chart 4 – Asian Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per Capita
  • Chart 5 – Fixed Broadband vs Mobile Penetration - Northern Asia (selected countries)
  • Chart 6 – Fixed Line Subscriptions and Penetration – 2007 - 2018
  • Chart 7 – Fixed Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) – 2008 - 2023
  • Chart 8 – Mobile Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) – 2007 - 2023
  • Chart 9 – Mobile Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) – 2009 - 2023
  • Exhibit 1 – Map of Macau
  • Exhibit 2 – Key Market Characteristics by Market Segment
  • Exhibit 3 – Northern Asia -Key Characteristics of Telecoms Markets by Country

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