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