Mongolia - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Rising mobile broadband penetration continues to drive Mongolia’s telecoms market

Mongolia possesses a liberalised and competitive telecoms market served by multiple competing players and an incumbent operator that no longer holds a dominant share of its market. The growing popularity of mobile broadband has underpinned overall broadband and telecoms growth. This trend is consolidating Mongolia’s position as a “mobile first” telecoms market and shaping the future direction of Mongolia’s developing digital economy.

The penetration of fixed lines in Mongolia has increased strongly over the past five years as a higher proportion of residences decide to take a fixed line access option. Penetration is however predicted to only increase slightly over the next five years to 2023.

Fixed broadband penetration in Uzbekistan remains low mainly due to a limited number of fixed lines and the dominance of the mobile platform. Fixed broadband remains an attractive proposition where it is available due to the inherent bandwidth advantages of fixed platforms compared with wireless.

Mongolia’s mobile market has experienced fairly slow growth over the past five years in a relatively mature market. Slow to moderate growth is predicted over the next five years to 2023. The market will be constrained from higher growth due to strong local competition and a further maturing market.

Mobile broadband penetration has grown very strongly over the past five years. With the launch of 4G LTE services by all the major operators, mobile broadband customers will continue to grow strongly over the next five years to 2023.

South Korea’s KT Corp completed the sale of its 40% stake in Telecom Mongolia back to the Mongolian government.

Key Developments:

  • the Mongol Sat-1 platform was launched in partnership with Asia Broadcast Satellite (ABS).
  • KT Corp completed the sale of its 40% stake in Telecom Mongolia back to the Mongolian government.
  • Over the next five years to 2023 moderate growth is expected to continue in the fixed broadband market.
  • The launch of 4G LTE services is starting to see strong uptake of mobile broadband customers.
  • MobiCom launched its first LTE-A services.
  • Table of Contents

    • Key statistics

    • Country overview

      • Background
      • Mongolia’s economy
    • Telecommunications market

      • Market Overview and Analysis
      • Regional Market Comparison
    • Regulatory environment

      • Historical overview
      • Regulatory authority
        • Communications Regulatory Commission (CRC)
        • Information Technology, Post and Telecommunications Authority of Mongolia (ITPTA)
      • Government policies
        • Mongolia Telecom Company privatisation
        • Structural separation
        • ICT Vision 2021
        • E-Mongolia 2012
        • National broadband program of Mongolia
    • Fixed network operators

      • Introduction
      • Mongolia Telecom
      • Mongolian Railways Communications
      • Ulusnet (Mobinet)
      • Univision (Unitel)
    • Telecommunications infrastructure

      • National telecom network
        • Rural services
      • Fixed-line statistics
      • International infrastructure
        • Internet infrastructure statistics
        • Terrestrial cable
        • Satellite
      • Specific IT developments
        • Data Centres
        • National information technology park
        • Mongolia internet Exchange (MIX)
    • Fixed-line broadband market

      • Introduction
      • Fixed Broadband statistics and Forecast
      • Fixed-line broadband technologies
        • Wi-Fi
    • Mobile market

      • Mobile statistics and Market Forecast
      • Mobile data
      • Mobile Broadband and Market Forecast
    • Major mobile operators

      • Operator Statistics
      • MobiCom
      • SkyTel
      • Unitel
      • G-Mobile
    • Mobile content and applications

    • Digital economy

      • Introduction
        • National ICT Committee
        • CIO Council
      • e-Commerce
      • e-Banking
        • E-Signatures
        • Electronic ID card
      • e-Government
      • e-Health
      • e-Education
    • Digital Media

      • Introduction
      • Cable, DTH and MMDS television services
      • Digital TV
      • IPTV
      • Mobile Broadcast TV
    • Related reports


    List of Tables

    • Table 1 – Country Statistics, Major Operators and Telco Authorities – 2018 (e)
    • Table 2 – Top Level Country Statistics – 2018 (e)
    • Table 3 – Fixed Line Subscriptions and Penetration – 2007 – 2018
    • Table 4 – Historic - Fixed lines in service and penetration– 1990, 1995 – 2006
    • Table 5 – Historic - Total fixed network traffic – 2008 – 2015
    • Table 6 – Mongolia fibre cable deployed
    • Table 7 – International internet bandwidth – 2000 – 2017
    • Table 8 – Historic - International and domestic Internet bandwidth by ISP – June 2015
    • Table 9 – Fixed Broadband Subscribers (with Forecast) – 2007 – 2023
    • Table 10 – Historic - Broadband subscribers per platform – 2012 – 2015
    • Table 11 – Historic - Broadband subscribers by location – 2015
    • Table 12 – Historic - Internet users and penetration – 2007 – 2017
    • Table 13 – Mobile Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) – 2007 – 2023
    • Table 14 – Historic - Mobile subscribers, total v. prepaid, annual change and penetration – 1996 – 2010
    • Table 15 – Historic - Prepaid subscribers – 2012 – 2017
    • Table 16 – Historic - 3G subscribers – 2009 – 2016
    • Table 17 – Mobile Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) – 2009 – 2023
    • Table 18 – Mobile operators - subscribers and market share – 2018
    • Table 19 – MobiCom subscribers – 2006 – 2018
    • Table 20 – SkyTel subscribers – 2006 – 2018
    • Table 21 – Unitel subscribers - 2006 – 2018
    • Table 22 – G-Mobile subscribers – 2007 – 2018
    • Table 23 – Historic - Operating Systems –2015
    • Table 24 – Historic - Cable, DTH and MMDS TV subscribers – 2004 – 2015
    • Table 25 – Historic - IPTV, double play and triple play subscribers – 2016

    List of Charts

    • 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 vs GDP per Capita
    • Chart 4 – Telecoms Maturity Index – Central Asia
    • Chart 5 – Fixed Line Subscriptions and Penetration – 2007 – 2018
    • Chart 6 – Fixed Broadband Subscribers (with Forecast) - 2007 – 2023
    • Chart 7 – Mobile Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) – 2007 – 2023
    • Chart 8 – Mobile Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) – 2009 – 2023

    List of Exhibits

    • Exhibit 1 – Map of Mongolia
    • Exhibit 2 – Key Market Characteristics by Market Segment
    • Exhibit 3 – Central Asia -Key Characteristics of Telecoms Markets by Country

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