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Taiwan - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

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Taiwan - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
Published: December 3, 2020 Content info: 157 Pages
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Taiwan's MNOs secure 80% 5G coverage

Taiwan has developed a dynamic telecommunications industry defined by excellent infrastructure and a very competitive mobile market. Private investors are attracted to the territory due to its regulatory certainty, market maturity, an educated workforce, and highly clustered ICT sector that sits at the heart of economic development.

Overall fixed line penetration has been in decline since 2012, and this trend is expected to continue in coming years as customers adopt mobile and mobile broadband solutions for voice and data services. The mobile market is dominated by three operators, and high penetration has resulted in intense competition to gain new subscribers. In recent years this was evidenced in the drive to develop LTE G services, which were quickly embraced by consumers. The same drive is being repeated with 5G, with operators having launched services in mid-2020 using a range of bands.

Taiwan's advanced fixed broadband market is served by a variety of technology platforms including DSL, fibre, HFC, leased lines and wireless. Fibre is the most popular platform, largely due to the migration of DSL subscribers. This has underpinned Taiwan's relatively high standing in global broadband rankings. Growth in the fibre sector is likely to continue to be strong in coming years though more subdued than formally, given that most DSL subscribers have migrated to fibre infrastructure.

Market penetration in the fixed broadband subscriber market has remained flat over the past five years due to a declining number of fixed lines and the growing dominance of mobile broadband. Over the next five years relatively slow growth is predicted. One break on fixed broadband growth will come from 5G since the launch of services is expected to encourage some consumers to close their fixed broadband connections.

BuddeComm notes that the outbreak of the Coronavirus is having a significant impact on production and supply chains globally. During the coming year the telecoms sector to various degrees is likely to experience a downturn in mobile device production, while it may also be difficult for network operators to manage workflows when maintaining and upgrading existing infrastructure. Overall progress towards 5G may be postponed or slowed down in some countries.

On the consumer side, spending on telecoms services and devices is under pressure from the financial effect of large-scale job losses and the consequent restriction on disposable incomes. However, the crucial nature of telecom services, both for general communication as well as a tool for home-working, will offset such pressures. In many markets the net effect should be a steady though reduced increased in subscriber growth.

Although it is challenging to predict and interpret the long-term impacts of the crisis as it develops, these have been acknowledged in the industry forecasts contained in this report.

The report also covers the responses of the telecom operators as well as government agencies and regulators as they react to the crisis to ensure that citizens can continue to make optimum use of telecom services. This can be reflected in subsidy schemes and the promotion of tele-health and tele-education, among other solutions.

Key developments:

  • Taiwan implements strategy to attain a significant share of the global IoT market;
  • Far EasTone acquires an 11.6% stake in APT;
  • Regulator concludes multi-spectrum 5G auction;
  • Government releases NT$20.5 billion to encourage development of 5G services and apps;
  • DSL sector shrinks as subscribers migrate to fibre;
  • Report includes operator data to October 2020, regulator's market data for June 2020, Telecom Maturity Index charts and analyses, assessment of the global impact of Covid-19 on the telecoms sector, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Chunghwa Telecom, New Century Infocom, Taiwan Fixed Network Telecom, Far EasTone, Taiwan Mobile, Asia Pacific Telecom, VIBO Telecom, Ambit, GigaMedia, WiMAX Telecom, Tatung Telecom, Global Mobile.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Key statistics

Covid-19 and its impact on the telecom sector

  • Economic considerations and responses
  • Mobile devices
  • Subscribers
  • Infrastructure

Regional Market Comparison

Telecommunications market

  • Historical overview
  • Market overview and analysis
  • Market revenue

Regulatory environment

  • Regulatory authorities
    • Ministry of Transport and Communications (MoTC)
    • National Communications Commission (NCC)
  • Fixed-line developments
    • Liberalisation
    • Government initiatives for broadband and m-Taiwan
    • Legislation and market liberalisation
    • 1996 Telecom ACT
    • Foreign investment
    • Licensing
    • Amendments to the Radio and Television Act
    • National Information and Communication Initiative (NICI)
  • Mobile network developments
    • 4G / LTE spectrum auctions
    • 5G spectrum auction
    • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)

Mobile market

  • Market overview and analysis
  • Mobile statistics
  • Mobile infrastructure
    • 5G
    • LTE
    • 3G
    • GSM
    • Other infrastructure developments
    • Mobile broadband
  • Major mobile operators
    • Operator statistics and market share
    • Far EasTone Telecommunications
    • Taiwan Mobile
    • Chunghwa Telecom (CHT)
    • Asia Pacific Telecom (APT)
    • VIBO Telecom
    • Ambit
    • Taiwan Star
    • Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)

Fixed-line broadband market

  • Market analysis
  • Fixed broadband statistics
  • Fixed broadband operators
    • Chunghwa Telecom
    • Taiwan Mobile
  • Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
  • Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
  • Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
    • FttX and Taipei City government
    • Other fixed broadband services

Digital economy

  • Introduction
  • e-Payments / m-Payments
  • Online Shopping
  • e-Government

Fixed network operator

  • Chunghwa Telecom (CHT)

Telecommunications infrastructure

  • Overview of the national telecom network
  • Forward looking infrastructure project to 2025
  • Submarine cable networks
  • Satellite networks
  • Cloud computing
  • Smart infrastructure
    • Internet of Things (IoT)
    • Smart grids

Appendix - Historic data

Glossary of abbreviations

Related reports

List of Tables

  • Table 1 - Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Taiwan - 2020 (e)
  • Table 2 - Taiwan - Distribution of telecom revenue by services - 2016 - 2019
  • Table 3 - Change in data communication revenue and mobile data service revenue ratios - 2010 - 2019
  • Table 4- Change in the number of mobile number portings - 2005 - 2019
  • Table 5- Growth in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration - 2010 - 2025
  • Table 6 - Change in the number of mobile subscribers by technology (million) - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 7- Change in voice traffic volume by type (billion minutes) - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 8 - Change in the share of mobile subscriber base by prepaid/contract - 2010 - 2019
  • Table 9 - Decline in SMS traffic and revenue - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 10 - Change in MMS traffic and revenue - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 11 - Development of 2G/3G/4G mobile services ARPU - 2010 - 2019
  • Table 12 - Change in the number of 3G/LTE mobile broadband subscribers (million) - 2008 - 2019
  • Table 13 - Growth in the number of mobile broadband subscribers and penetration - 2010 - 2025
  • Table 14 - Growth in mobile data traffic - 2010 - 2019
  • Table 15- Mobile operator subscribers and market share - 2019
  • Table 16 - Development of Far EasTone's financial data - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 17 - Change in the number of Far EasTone's mobile subscribers - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 18 - Development of Far EasTone's ARPU (NT$ / month) - 2007 - 2020
  • Table 19 - Development of Far EasTone's revenue by type (NT$ billion) - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 20- Growth in Taiwan Mobile's revenue and net profit - 2009 - 2020
  • Table 21- Development of Taiwan Mobile's revenue by type - 2016 - 2020
  • Table 22- Taiwan Mobile's annualised ARPU (NT$ per month) - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 23 - Change in the number of Taiwan Mobile's subscribers by type (million) - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 24 - Change in the number of Chunghwa Telecom's mobile subscribers (million) - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 25 - Development of Chunghwa Telecom's mobile subscribers market share - 2010 - 2019
  • Table 26 - Change in Chunghwa Telecom's blended mobile ARPU - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 27 - Growth in the number of fixed broadband subscribers and penetration - 2010 - 2025
  • Table 28 - Change in the number of fixed-line broadband subscribers by technology (million) - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 29 - Change in the number of Chunghwa Telecom's broadband subscribers by technology - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 30 - Change in Chunghwa Telecom's broadband ARPU - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 31 - Growth in the number of Taiwan Mobile's cable broadband Subscribers - 2008 - 2020
  • Table 32 - Growth in the number of cable broadband subscribers - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 33 - Decline in the number of DSL subscribers - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 34 - Growth in the number of fibre broadband subscribers - 2007 - 2020
  • Table 35 - 2.5GHz spectrum winners - 2007
  • Table 36 - Development of Chunghwa Telecom's financial data - 2010- 2020
  • Table 37 - Change in the proportion of Chunghwa Telecom's revenue by service - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 38 - Decline in Chunghwa Telecom's fixed line subscriber base (residential and business) - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 39 - Decline in the number of fixed lines in service and teledensity - 2010 - 2025
  • Table 40 - Decline in the number of fixed-line subscribers - 2013 - 2020
  • Table 41 - Growth in international internet bandwidth - 2010 - 2019
  • Table 42 - Historic - Data communication revenue and mobile data service revenue ratios - 2001 - 2009
  • Table 43 - Historic - International internet bandwidth - 2000 - 2009
  • Table 45 - Historic - Fixed-line subscribers and penetration - 1995 - 2009
  • Table 46 - Historic - Taiwan - Call volumes for outgoing mobile and fixed network traffic - 1999 - 2016
  • Table 47 - Historic - Chunghwa Telecom revenue, capex, net profit - 2000 - 2009
  • Table 48 - Historic - Chunghwa Telecom's fixed line subscribers, residential and business - 2000 - 2009
  • Table 49 - Historic - Internet users and penetration- 1998 - 2016
  • Table 50 - Historic - Fixed-line broadband subscribers, penetration - 2000 - 2009
  • Table 51 - Historic - Fixed-line and wireless broadband subscribers by technology - 2000 - 2009
  • Table 52 - Historic - Cable broadband subscribers - 2000 - 2009
  • Table 53 - Historic - DSL subscribers - 2000 - 2009
  • Table 54 - Historic - Chunghwa Telecom HiNet subscribers by type (thousand) - 2003 - 2009
  • Table 55 - Historic - Chunghwa Telecom broadband ARPU (NT$/month) - 2001 - 2009
  • Table 56 - Historic - Chunghwa DSL and fibre ARPU (NT$/month) - 2008 - 2009
  • Table 57 - Historic - Mobile subscribers by technology (PHS, 2G, 3G, LTE) - 2003 - 2009
  • Table 58 - Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration - 1995 - 2009
  • Table 59 - Historic - 2G/3G/4G mobile services ARPU (NT$/month) - 2005 - 2009
  • Table 60 - Historic - SMS traffic and revenue - 2001 - 2009
  • Table 61 - Historic - Prepaid share of total mobile subscriber base - 2001 - 2009
  • Table 62 - Historic - Chunghwa Telecom mobile subscribers by type (million) - 1998 - 2009
  • Table 63 - Historic - Chunghwa Telecom's blended mobile ARPU - 2001 - 2009
  • Table 64 - Historic - Taiwan Mobile revenue and net profit (NT$ million) - 2003 - 2009
  • Table 65 - Historic - Taiwan Mobile subscribers by platform - 1998 - 2009
  • Table 66 - Historic - Far EasTone mobile subscribers - 1998 - 2009
  • Table 67 - Historic - Far EasTone revenue, EBITDA, capex, net profit - 2003 - 2009
  • Table 68 - Historic - Chunghwa Telecom's mobile subscribers - 2003 - 2009
  • Table 69 - Historic - Chunghwa Telecom's mobile market share of subscribers - 2000 - 2009
  • Table 70 - Historic - APT's mobile subscribers - 2005- 2013
  • Table 71 - Historic - VIBO Telecom mobile subscribers - 2005 - 2013
  • Table 72 - Historic - Change in Chunghwa Telecom's financial data (NT$ million) - 2005 - 2009
  • Table 73 - Historic - Chunghwa Telecom's subscribers as proportion of total - 2006 - 2009

List of Charts

  • Chart 1 - Asian Telecoms Maturity Index by Market Category
  • Chart 2 - Asian Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per Capita
  • Chart 3 - Telecoms Maturity Index - Northern Asia
  • Chart 4 - Change in data communication revenue and mobile data service revenue ratios - 2010 - 2019
  • Chart 5 - Change in the number of mobile number portings - 2005 - 2019
  • Chart 6- Growth in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration - 2010 - 2025
  • Chart 7- Change in the number of mobile subscribers by technology - 2010 - 2019
  • Chart 8- Change in voice traffic volume by type - 2010 - 2020
  • Chart 9- Change in the share of mobile subscriber base by prepaid/contract - 2010 - 2019
  • Chart 10 - Decline in SMS traffic and revenue - 2010 - 2020
  • Chart 11 - Change in MMS traffic and revenue - 2010 - 2020
  • Chart 12- Development of 2G/3G/4G mobile services ARPU - 2010 - 2019
  • Chart 13 - Change in the number of 3G/4G mobile broadband subscribers - 2008 - 2019
  • Chart 14 - Growth in the number of mobile broadband subscribers and penetration - 2010 - 2025
  • Chart 15 - Growth in mobile data traffic - 2010 - 2019
  • Chart 16 - Development of Far EasTone's financial data - 2010 - 2020
  • Chart 17 - Change in the number of Far EasTone's mobile subscribers - 2010 - 2020
  • Chart 18 - Development of Far EasTone's ARPU (NT$) - 2007 - 2020
  • Chart 19 - Development of Far EasTone's revenue by type (NT$ billion) - 2010 - 2020
  • Chart 20 - Growth in Taiwan Mobile's revenue and net profit - 2010 - 2020
  • Chart 21 - Development of Taiwan Mobile's revenue by type - 2016 - 2020
  • Chart 22 - Change in the number of Taiwan Mobile's subscribers by type - 2010 - 2020
  • Chart 23 - Change in the number of Chunghwa Telecom's mobile subscribers - 2010 - 2020
  • Chart 24 - Growth in the number of fixed broadband subscribers - 2010 - 2025
  • Chart 25 - Change in the number of fixed-line broadband subscribers by technology - 2010- 2020
  • Chart 26 - Change in the number of Chunghwa Telecom's broadband subscribers by technology - 2010 - 2020
  • Chart 27 - Change in Chunghwa Telecom's broadband ARPU - 2010 - 2020
  • Chart 28 - Growth in the number of Taiwan Mobile's cable broadband Subscribers - 2008 - 2020
  • Chart 29 - Growth in the number of cable broadband subscribers - 2010 - 2020
  • Chart 30 - Decline in the number of DSL subscribers - 2010 - 2020
  • Chart 31 - Growth in the number of fibre broadband subscribers - 2007 - 2020
  • Chart 32 - Development of Chunghwa Telecom's financial data - 2010- 2020
  • Chart 33 - Change in proportion of Chunghwa Telecom's revenue by service - 2010 - 2020
  • Chart 34 - Decline in Chunghwa Telecom's fixed line subscriber base (residential and business) - 2010 - 2020
  • Chart 35 - Decline in the number of fixed lines in service and teledensity - 2010 - 2025

List of Exhibits

  • Exhibit 1 - Key Market Characteristics by Market Segment
  • Exhibit 2 - Northern Asia - Key Characteristics of Telecoms Markets by Country
  • Exhibit 3 - 5G spectrum auction - 2020
  • Exhibit 4 - 5G spectrum award results - January 2020
  • Exhibit 5 - Major global/regional submarine cables with landing point in Taiwan
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