Hong Kong - Telecoms Infrastructure, Operators, Regulations - Statistics and Analyses

Synopsis

Hong Kong’s small size and high population density has enabled the country to extensively rollout fixed broadband infrastructure and provide almost all households with access to high-speed broadband connectivity. This has propelled Hong Kong to boast the highest peak average broadband speeds are the highest in the world.

Hong Kong is ranked 2nd out of 34 with an Asian Telecoms Maturity Index score of 90. This places Hong Kong 2nd in the “Market Leaders” category. (BuddeComm’s “Asian Telecoms Maturity Index”, is an index (on a scale between 0 and 100) that measures and ranks the relative maturity of the telecoms industry in all of the 34 countries in Asia.) Compared to other Asian nations, Hong Kong has very high mobile, mobile broadband and fixed broadband penetration.

International internet connectivity continues to grow, driven by Hong Kong’s status as an international financial hub and its location next to China.

Fixed line growth in Hong Kong has declined over the past five years as consumers migrate to wireless voice and data services. This trend is predicted to continue over the next five years to 2022.

The government has taken steps towards coordinated development of a smart city. The Hong Kong government announced a range of measures in six areas, including “Smart Mobility”, “Smart Living”, and “Smart Environment”, will be introduced over the next five years to 2022.

Underpinning delivery of digital economy services is increasing affordability and sophistication of end user devices and IOT connected sensors as well as continual investment in network infrastructure to connect end-user devices as well as integration of new mobile related technologies designed to improve wireless broadband capacity and service quality.

Key Developments:

  • HGC Global Communications is looking to 5G as a key opportunity for its fibre business.
  • HKT has set up a “one-stop Internet of Things ecosystem” with multiple connectivity technologies in Hong Kong.
  • Fixed line growth in Hong Kong has declined over the past five years. This trend will continue over the next five years to 2022.

Companies mentioned in this report include:

PCCW; HKT; CSL; Hong Kong Broadband Network (HKBN); Hutchison Telecom Hong Kong, i-Cable, HGC Global Communications.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Key statistics
  • 3. Market Overview and Analysis
  • 4. Regional Asian Market Comparison
  • 5. Regulatory environment
    • 5.1 Historical overview
    • 5.2 Regulatory authority
    • 5.3 OFCA (Office of the Communications Authority)
    • 5.4 Government policies
      • 5.4.1 Telecom Sector Liberalisation
      • 5.4.2 Universal Service Obligation (USO)
      • 5.4.3 Digital 21 IT Strategy
      • 5.4.4 FttB/FttH building registration scheme
      • 5.4.5 Number Portability (NP)
  • 6. Major network operators
    • 6.1 Introduction
    • 6.2 Hong Kong Telecom (HKT)
      • 6.2.1 Company overview
      • 6.2.2 Company background
    • 6.3 Hong Kong Broadband Network (HKBN)
    • 6.4 Hutchison Telecom Hong Kong Holdings (HTHKH)
      • 6.4.1 Company overview
      • 6.4.2 Company background
    • 6.5 HGC Global Communications
    • 6.6 i-Cable
  • 7. Telecommunications infrastructure
    • 7.1 Overview of the national telecom network
      • 7.1.1 Fixed-line statistics
    • 7.2 International infrastructure
      • 7.2.1 Submarine cable networks
    • 7.3 Specific IT developments
      • 7.3.1 Data Centres
    • 7.4 Smart infrastructure
      • 7.4.1 Introduction
      • 7.4.2 IoT
      • 7.4.3 Smart Grids
      • 7.4.4 Smart Cities
  • 8. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Country statistics Hong Kong – 2017 (e)
  • Table 2 – Telephone network statistics – 2017 (e)
  • Table 3 – Internet user statistics – 2017 (e)
  • Table 4 – Broadband statistics – 2017 (e)
  • Table 5 – Mobile statistics – 2017 (e)
  • Table 6 – National telecommunications authorities
  • Table 7 – Percentage of Population Covered by Type of Mobile Network
  • Table 8 – Key Metrics - Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) - 2017 - 2022
  • Table 9 – Digital 21 Strategy – key indicators
  • Table 10 – Historic - Total fixed numbers ported – 2005 - 2016
  • Table 11 – HKBN – broadband subscribers (thousands) – business v. residential - 2013 – 2017
  • Table 12 – i-Cable subscribers per service – 2008 - 2017
  • Table 13 – Fixed Line Subscriptions and Penetration – 2007 - 2017
  • Table 14 – Historic - Fixed-line telephony subscribers – 2000 - 2015
  • Table 15 – International bandwidth – 2012 - 2017
  • Chart 1 – Mobile, Mobile Broadband & Fixed Broadband Penetration – 2017; 2022
  • 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 - 2017
  • Exhibit 1 – Key Market Characteristics by Market Segment
  • Exhibit 2 – Northern Asia -Key Characteristics of Telecoms Markets by Country
  • Exhibit 3 – Major submarine cables with landing points in Hong Kong

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