Taiwan - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses

Synopsis

Taiwan possesses a competitive mobile market comprised of six mobile network operators although the market is dominated by three players. High mobile penetration has resulted in intense competition to gain new subscribers hence the market was quick to embrace 4G LTE.

Taiwan’s mobile market is relatively developed compared to other Asian markets and has experienced negative growth over the last five years due to an increasingly saturated market. Flat to very slow growth is predicted over the next five years to 2023. The market will be constrained from higher growth due to a saturated mobile subscriber market and strong local competition.

As with any shift in the market landscape, Taiwan’s three smaller players saw LTE introduction as an opportunity to expand market share, principally by offering more value to end users through higher speeds and/or lower prices.

Taiwan has seen a rapid increase in mobile broadband penetration over the past five years driven by strong growth of 4G mobile subscribers. Slowing growth is predicted over the next five years to 2023 as the market reaches a heightened state of maturity. The mobile broadband market will be driven by increasingly faster speeds offered by the mobile operators as they roll out their 4G and 5G networks.

Asia Pacific Telecom (APT) recently launched what is claimed to be the country’s first TD-LTE network and APT is the first operator to receive approval to build a trial 5G network. APT expects to fully deploy its trial infrastructure by the end of 2018 and is looking to begin preparing for a commercial launch in 2020.

Key developments:

  • Line Corp has announced its entrance into Taiwan's MVNO market.
  • APT is the first operator to receive approval to build a trial 5G network.
  • Slowing mobile broadband growth is predicted over the next five years to 2023.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Chunghwa Telecom (CHT); Far EasTone; Taiwan Mobile; Asia Pacific Telecom; Vibo Telecom; Ambit

Table of Contents

  • Market overview and analysis

    • Background
  • Mobile statistics

    • General statistics and Forecasts
    • Mobile Broadband Statistics and Market Forecasts
  • Regulatory issues

    • 4G / LTE spectrum auctions
  • Mobile infrastructure

    • 2G
    • 3G
    • 4G
    • 5G
    • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Major mobile operators

    • Introduction
    • Operator Statistics and market share
    • Far EasTone Telecommunications Group
    • Taiwan Mobile
    • Chunghwa Telecom Co Ltd (CHT)
    • Asia Pacific Telecom (APT)
    • VIBO Telecom
    • Ambit
    • Star Cellular
  • MNVOs

  • Related reports


List of Tables

  • Table 1– Mobile Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) – 2007 – 2023
  • Table 2– Mobile subscribers by technology - 2G, 3G, 4G – 2014 – 2018
  • Table 3– Historic – Mobile subscribers by technology (PHS, 2G, 3G, LTE) – 2003 – 2015
  • Table 4– Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration – 1995 – 2011
  • Table 5– Historic - 2G/3G/4G mobile services ARPU – 2005 – 2017
  • Table 6– Taiwan 3G/4G mobile broadband subscribers – 2008 – 2018
  • Table 7– Historic SMS message volume – 2001 – 2017
  • Table 8– Historic - Prepaid mobile subscribers – market share – 2001 – 2017
  • Table 9– Mobile Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) – 2009 – 2023
  • Table 10– Mobile Operators – Subscribers and Market Share – 2018
  • Table 11– Far EasTone revenue, EBITDA, capex, net profit and ARPU – 2003 – 2017
  • Table 12– Taiwan - Far EasTone mobile subscribers and annual change – 1998 – 2018
  • Table 13– Taiwan - Far EasTone blended ARPU ($NT) – 2007 – 2018
  • Table 14– Taiwan Mobile - revenue and net profit – 2003 – 2017
  • Table 15– Taiwan Mobile ARPU (per month) – 2017 – 2018
  • Table 16– Taiwan - Taiwan Mobile subscribers– 1998 – 2018
  • Table 17– Chunghwa Telecom mobile - 1998 – 2018
  • Table 18– Chunghwa Telecom mobile subscribers market share – 2000 - 2018
  • Table 19–Chunghwa Telecom’s blended mobile ARPU – 2001 – 2018
  • Table 20– APT mobile subscribers – 2003 – 2017
  • Table 21– Historic - Taiwan - VIBO Telecom mobile subscribers and annual change (historical) – 2005 – 2013

List of Charts

  • Chart 1– Percentage of Population Covered by Type of Mobile Network
  • Chart 2– Mobile Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) – 2007 – 2023
  • Chart 3– Mobile Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) – 2009 – 2023

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Number of pages 54

Status Current

Last updated 24 Sep 2018
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Analyst: Phil Harpur

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