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Taiwan Telecommunications Report

Published 30 September 2014

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Taiwan Telecommunications Report

BMI View : The Taiwanese telecom market is among the most mature in the region, with a mobile penetration of 126.8% in 2013 and with postpaid making up 84.7% of the market. The Taiwanese mobile market looks exciting in 2014 as six operators have obtained their 4G licences and 4G services have been introduced . However, operators face a short-term ARPU squeeze from the regulators , who have imposed compulsory cuts to mobile termination rates and requirements to provide free peering between 2013 and 2016. That said, the migration towards a 4G market should open up new data-driven revenue sources for operators such as mobile payment, mobile commerce and cloud computing services.

Key Data

  • The latest data from mobile operators and the regulator, the NCC, show total subscriptions reached 29.170mn in Q114, up by 1.5% year-on-year (y-o-y). This reflects the slowing subscription growth as the mobile penetration rate increases.

  • Although overall subscription growth has slowed, there has been a transformation of the market in recent years as 3G subscriptions increased rapidly, up 10.0% y-o-y to 25.432mn in Q114.

  • The fixed-line sector falters - the latest data from regulator the NCC indicate that it declined by 1.3% y-o-y in Q114, falling to a total 12.18mn subscriptions.

Key Trends & Developments

In August 2013, regulator National Communications Commission (NCC) cleared all seven applicants for the country's 4G licence auction. The 40-day 4G auction was concluded in September 2013 after six companies paid a combined of TWD118.65bn (USD4bn) for 270MHz of LTE spectrum. Among the winners, incumbent carrier Chunghwa Telecom was the biggest spender, paying nearly TWD39.1bn on spectrum in 900MHz and 1,800MHz bands.  Far EasTone and  Taiwan Mobile spent over TWD31bn and over TWD29bn respectively for airwaves in the 700MHz and 1,800MHz bands. The other three spectrum winners are  Asia Pacific Telecom and  Star Mobile Telecommunications, and...

Table of Contents

BMI Industry View
7
SWOT
9
Mobile
9
Wireline
11
Political
13
Economic
14
Business Environment
15
Industry Forecast
16
Mobile
16
Table: Telecoms Sector - Mobile - Historical Data & Forecasts (Taiwan 2011-2018)
16
ARPU
17
Wireline
18
Table: Telecoms Sector - Wireline - Historical Data & Forecasts (Taiwan 2011-2018)
18
Industry Risk Reward Ratings
20
Table: Asia-Pacific Telecoms Risk/Rewards Ratings - Q414
23
Market Overview
24
Mobile
24
Regional Perspective
24
Table: Taiwan Mobile Market Regional Comparisons, 2013
25
Key Developments
25
Market Growth
25
Table: Taiwan Mobile Market, Q114
27
Market Shares
27
Usage
27
Networks
28
Mobile Content/VAS
31
Mobile Operator Data
34
Table: Taiwan Mobile Market Overview
34
Table: Chunghwa Telecom
34
Table: Taiwan Mobile
36
Table: Far EasTone
37
Asia Mobile Content
39
Increased Smartphone Adoption A Key Enabler
39
Mobile Games Sector Competition Intensifies
40
Three-Year Outlook For Asian Mobile Games
41
How Mobile Operators Fit In
42
Wireline
43
Broadband
44
Table: Taiwan Broadband Internet Subscriptions ('000)
45
Table: Chunghwa Telecom Broadband Subscribers ('000), 2013-2014
46
IPTV
47
Industry Trends And Developments
53
Value-Added Services
54
Table: Selected VAS
54
Wireline Contract Wins
55
Table: Wireline Contract Wins
55
Mobile Contract Wins
55
Table: Mobile Contract Wins
55
Regulatory Development
56
Table: Taiwan - Regulatory Bodies And Their Responsibilities
56
Competitive Landscape
59
Table: Key Players In Taiwan's Telecommunications Sector
59
Table: Selected Operators Financial Indicators (USDmn)
59
Company Profile
60
Chunghwa Telecom
60
Taiwan Mobile
65
FarEasTone
69
Regional Overview
73
Demographic Forecast
77
Table: Taiwan's Population By Age Group, 1990-2020 ('000)
78
Table: Taiwan's Population By Age Group, 1990-2020 (% Of Total)
79
Table: Taiwan's Key Population Ratios, 1990-2020
80
Glossary
81
Table: Glossary Of Terms
81
Methodology
83
Industry Forecast Methodology
83
Sources
85
Risk/Reward Ratings Methodology
85
Table: Risk/Reward Ratings Indicators
86
Table: Weighting Of Indicators
87

The Taiwan Telecommunications Report features Business Monitor International (BMI)'s independent industry forecasts on the future strength of Taiwan's ICT market, covering the fixed-line, mobile and internet segments and analyses latest regulatory developments and corporate news, including investment activity, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and partnerships. Leading operators and manufacturers are fully profiled, highlighting their quarterly financial performance, capital expenditure plans and latest contracts.

BMI's Taiwan Telecommunications Report provides industry professionals and researchers, operators, equipment suppliers and vendors, corporate and financial services analysts and regulatory bodies with independent forecasts and competitive intelligence on the telecoms industry in Taiwan.

Key Benefits

  • Benchmark BMI's independent telecoms industry forecasts for Taiwan to test other views - a key input for successful budgeting and strategic business planning in the Taiwanese telecoms market.
  • Target business opportunities and risks in Taiwan's telecoms sector through our reviews of latest industry trends, regulatory changes and major deals, projects and investments in Taiwan.
  • Assess the activities, strategy and market position of your competitors, partners and clients via our Company Profiles (inc. SWOTs, KPIs and latest activity).

Coverage

BMI Industry View

Summary of BMI's key industry forecasts and views, covering the ICT, fixed-line, mobile (including 3G), internet and broadband markets.

Industry SWOT Analysis

Analysis of the major Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats within the wireline and wireless sectors and within the broader political, economic and business environment.

Business Environment Rankings

BMI's Telecommunications Business Environment Rankings provides a country-comparative Risk-Reward Rankings index aimed at investors (vendors, operators and suppliers) in the regional telecoms market.

The rankings methodology makes sophisticated use of more than 40 industry, economic and demographic data points.

BMI Industry Forecast Scenario

Historic data series and forecasts to end-2018 for all key industry indicators (see list below) supported by explicit assumptions, plus analysis of key downside risks to the main forecast.

  • Fixed-Line Telephony - Telephone lines ('000); telephone lines/100 inhabitants.
  • Cellular Telephony - Mobile phone subscribers ('000); mobile phone subscribers/100 inhabitants; mobile phone subscribers/100 fixed line subscribers.
  • Internet Markets - Internet users ('000); internet users/100 inhabitants; broadband internet subscribers ('000); broadband internet subscribers/100 inhabitants.

Market Data Analysis

Detailed market analysis of the mobile, mobile content, fixed line and internet segments, broken down into:

  • Market Data - Analysis of market size, operator shares, dominant trends, competitive landscape and key quarterly data.
  • Technology/Service Rollout - Analysis of rollout/adoption of new technology, such as 3G, WiMAX, IPTV, pay-TV, LTE and value-added handset services (gaming, music, video, apps etc.).
  • Mobile Content - The latest trends in content and services available and being introduced by mobile operators. Including a timeline of all the latest major mobile content developments.
  • Company Database - A comprehensive breakdown of KPIs of the leading mobile operators, including subscriber figures by type (pre-paid and post-paid); 3G subscriber figures; net additions; market share; ARPU; churn rates; minutes of use; voice and non-voice revenue; financial figures (including operating revenues, net profits and EBITDA).

Regulatory Environment

Details of the regulatory bodies and their responsibilities, as well as a special focus on the rules surrounding competition and interconnection. The latest updates in the market's development and regulatory rulings.

Company Profiles

Examines the competitive positioning and short- to medium-term business strategies of key industry players. Strategy is examined within the context of BMI's industry forecasts, our macroeconomic views and our understanding of the wider competitive landscape to generate Company SWOT analyses.

The latest financial and operating statistics and key company developments are also incorporated within the company profiles, enabling a full evaluation of recent company performance and future growth prospects.

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Testimonials

'An essential, multi-faceted research tool. BMI’s thorough understanding of the major market players enables an informed – and informative – review of the sector’s actual performance, together with useful insights into current industry issues, which are topped-off with detailed and invaluable forecasts of industry and macroeconomic trends.’

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