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Taiwan Telecommunications Report Q1 2013

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Meta Description Taiwan Telecommunications Report Q1 2013
Publisher Business Monitor International
Date of Report Sep 1, 2013
Quick Overview
BMI View: One of the region's most advanced telecoms markets, Taiwan has a well developed mobile
market, and one of the highest levels of smartphone internet usage in the world, according to recent
studies. But having long past the 100% penetration market, future growth will now focus on encouraging
greater use of mobile phones - with data consumption one of these areas of demand - rather than
increasing subscriber numbers. The profileration of uncapped data packages does cause network
congestion, however, and the government is keen to resolve this, firstly with proposals to encourage
operators to put limits on data consumption, and secondly with the auction of new spectrum, expected in
late 2013.
Key Data
?? Mobile Growth has remained steady for several quarters and the latest data from both the
regulator and leading operators continues to confirm that this trend looks set to continue.
?? Demand for data services has helped boost ARPUs. These have shown signs of growth
throughout 9M12, which could spell the start of an upward trend benefiting operators as net
additions remain weak.
?? Broadband will continue to be the area of greatest growth potential in the Taiwanese telecoms
market, with a five-year CAGR of 2.8% for 2012-2017.
Key Trends & Developments
The National Communications Commission plans to auction operating licences for spectrum in the
1,800MHz, 5MHz, 700MHz and 900MHz bands in late 2013. These licences will be technology neutral.
Taiwanese government ministers are reportedly considering calling for an end to unlimited data plans for
smartphone users, in a move to lower web usage and increase internet speeds. The government believes
that capping subscribers' data use will reduce network congestion.
An undersea cable connecting Taiwan to China was completed in November 2012. Costing TWD1bn
(US$42mn), the 297km long cable across the Taiwan Strait is designed to support data speeds of 6.4Tbps.
It is scheduled to start commercial operations in H113.
Table of Contents
BMI Industry View ........................................................................................................................................... 7
SWOT Analysis ................................................................................................................................................ 8
Taiwan Mobile SWOT ........................................................................................................................................................................................... 8
Taiwan Wireline SWOT ........................................................................................................................................................................................ 9
Taiwan Political SWOT ...................................................................................................................................................................................... 10
Taiwan Economic SWOT .................................................................................................................................................................................... 11
Taiwan Business Environment SWOT ................................................................................................................................................................. 12
Risk/Reward Ratings ..................................................................................................................................... 13
Asia Pacific .............................................................................................................................................................................................................. 13
Table: Asia Pacific Telecoms Risk/Reward Ratings Q113 .................................................................................................................................. 18
Taiwan ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 19
Industry Forecast Scenario ........................................................................................................................... 20
Mobile ...................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 20
Table: Mobile - Historical Data And Forecasts, 2010-2017 ............................................................................................................................... 20
ARPU .................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 22
Table: ARPU - Historical Data & Forecasts (TWD), 2010-2017 ........................................................................................................................ 22
Fixed Line ................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 24
Table: Fixed Line - Historical Data & Forecasts, 2010-2017............................................................................................................................ 24
Internet .................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 25
Table: Internet - Historical Data And Forecasts, 2010-2017 .............................................................................................................................. 25
Market Overview ............................................................................................................................................ 27
Mobile ...................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 27
Regional Perspective .......................................................................................................................................................................................... 27
Table: Taiwan Mobile Market Regional Comparisons, 2011.............................................................................................................................. 28
Key Developments .............................................................................................................................................................................................. 28
Mobile Growth .................................................................................................................................................................................................... 29
Table: Taiwan Mobile Market, Q312 .................................................................................................................................................................. 30
Market Shares ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... 31
Usage (ARPU And MOU) ................................................................................................................................................................................... 33
Table: ARPU By Operator (TWD) ...................................................................................................................................................................... 33
Networks ............................................................................................................................................................................................................. 34
Table: Taiwan 3G Market, Q212 ........................................................................................................................................................................ 35
Mobile Content ................................................................................................................................................................................................... 38
Mobile Operator Data ........................................................................................................................................................................................ 43
Table: Taiwan Mobile Market Overview ............................................................................................................................................................ 43
Table: Chunghwa Telecom ................................................................................................................................................................................. 43
Table: Taiwan Mobile ......................................................................................................................................................................................... 45
Table: Far EasTone ............................................................................................................................................................................................ 46
Regional Mobile Content ......................................................................................................................................................................................... 48
Regional Outlook ................................................................................................................................................................................................ 48
Table: Selected NFC Developments, 2011 .......................................................................................................................................................... 50
Fixed Line ................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 54
Broadband ............................................................................................................................................................................................................... 57
Table: Taiwan Broadband Internet Subscribers ................................................................................................................................................. 57
Table: Chunghwa Telecom Broadband Subscribers ('000), 2011-2012 .............................................................................................................. 58
FTTx ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 58
IPTV ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 60
WiMAX ............................................................................................................................................................................................................... 61
Industry Trends And Developments ............................................................................................................ 65
Value-Added Services Timeline........................................................................................................................................................................... 66
Table: Selected VAS ............................................................................................................................................................................................ 66
Wireline Contract Wins....................................................................................................................................................................................... 68
Table: Wireline Contract Wins ........................................................................................................................................................................... 68
Mobile Contract Wins ......................................................................................................................................................................................... 69
Table: Mobile Contract Wins .............................................................................................................................................................................. 69
Regulatory Environment............................................................................................................................... 70
Taiwan: Regulatory Bodies And Their Responsibilities ...................................................................................................................................... 70
Call Termination Rates Overhaul ....................................................................................................................................................................... 70
Regulatory Developments ................................................................................................................................................................................... 71
Competitive Landscape ................................................................................................................................ 73
Key Players .............................................................................................................................................................................................................. 73
Table: Key Players In Taiwan's Telecommunications Sector .............................................................................................................................. 73
Table: Selected Operators Financial Indicators ................................................................................................................................................. 73
Company Profiles .......................................................................................................................................... 74
Chunghwa Telecom............................................................................................................................................................................................. 74
Taiwan Mobile .................................................................................................................................................................................................... 79
Far EasTone ....................................................................................................................................................................................................... 83
Regional Overview ........................................................................................................................................ 87
Vendor Profile ......................................................................................................................................................................................................... 87
Table: Vendor Revenues (US$mn) ...................................................................................................................................................................... 87
Table: Net Sales By Geography (EURmn) .......................................................................................................................................................... 88
Table: NSN Selected Asia Activities .................................................................................................................................................................... 90
Country Snapshot: Taiwan Demographic Data ........................................................................................... 92
Section 1: Population ............................................................................................................................................................................................... 92
Table: Demographic Indicators, 2000-2030 ....................................................................................................................................................... 92
Section 2: Labour Market And Spending Power ...................................................................................................................................................... 93
Table: Employment Indicators, 2000-2005 ......................................................................................................................................................... 93
Table: Consumer Expenditure, 2000-2005 (US$) ............................................................................................................................................... 93
Table: Average Annual Manufacturing Wages, 2005-2012 ................................................................................................................................ 93
Glossary Of Terms ........................................................................................................................................ 94
Table: Glossary Of Terms ................................................................................................................................................................................... 94
BMI Methodology .......................................................................................................................................... 95
How We Generate Our Industry Forecasts .............................................................................................................................................................. 95
Table: Key Indicators For Telecommunications Industry Forecasts.................................................................................................................... 95
Telecoms Business Environment Ratings ................................................................................................................................................................. 97
Risk/Reward Ratings Methodology ..................................................................................................................................................................... 97
Ratings System .................................................................................................................................................................................................... 97
Indicators ............................................................................................................................................................................................................ 97
Table: Ratings Indicators ................................................................................................................................................................................... 98
Weighting ............................................................................................................................................................................................................ 99
Table: Weighting Of Indicators .......................................................................................................................................................................... 99
Sources ............................................................................................................................................................................................................... 99




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