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Taiwan - Telecoms Infrastructure, Operators, Regulations - Statistics and Analyses

  • August 2016
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  • Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd
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  • 18 pages

Taiwan has developed a dynamic telecommunications industry defined by excellent telecommunications infrastructure and a very competitive mobile market. Taiwan's fixed-line market continues to be dominated by incumbent operator Chunghwa Telecom despite competition and fixed mobile substitution eating into its market share and fixed-line revenue. However the market remains important due to the increasing popularity of fixed broadband which is undergoing a transition from predominantly DSL to fibre access based platforms.

Taiwan's telecoms industry is served by six mobile operators and four fixed-line operators. However, many telecoms sub-sectors are at or near saturation which limits the scope for growth.

Taiwan boasts one of the world's most advanced broadband networks and broadcasting infrastructure. To improve its position within the ICT value chain the Taiwanese government and private investors invested significantly in developing standards such as WiMAX. Private investors are attracted to Taiwan due to its regulatory certainty, market maturity, an educated workforce and highly clustered ICT sector that sits at the heart of Taiwan's economic development.

The number of fixed-line subscribers in Taiwan grew gradually before peaking in 2005. Since then the trend has been one of gradual decline as fixed-lines are substituted with mobile phones. CHT has tried to arrest the decline in fixed-lines by focusing on selling fixed broadband products. Fixed line penetration has decreased gradually from 54.6 in 2011 to 49.7% in 2016.

This report provides a concise overview with statistics on the Taiwan telecom market.

Key Developments:
Chunghwa Telecom continues to dominate Taiwan's fixed-line sector
Mobile is expected to represent over 50% of Chunghwa's total revenue
Chunghwa has managed to maintain its position through heavy investment in fibre access networks
Ericsson partnered with Far EasTone (FET) for a pre-commercial software-defined infrastructure (SDI) trial.
Far EasTone (FET) and Ericsson signed a 5G MoU to jointly accelerate 5G development for Taiwan.

Companies covered in this report include:

Chunghwa Telecom

Table Of Contents

Taiwan - Telecoms Infrastructure, Operators, Regulations - Statistics and Analyses
1. Synopsis
2. Key statistics
3. Telecommunications market
3.1 Market Overview and analysis
3.2 Historical overview
4. Regulatory environment
4.1 Historic overview
4.2 Regulatory authority
4.3 Ministry of Transport and Communications (MOTC)
4.4 National Communications Commission (NCC)
4.5 Government policies eg Telecom sector liberalisation
4.5.1 Liberalisation
4.5.2 Government initiatives for broadband and m-Taiwan
4.6 Legislation and market liberalisation
4.7 The 1996 Telecom Bill
4.8 Foreign investment
4.9 Licensing
4.9.1 WiMAX in Taiwan licensing
4.10 Foreign equipment restrictions
4.11 Telecoms tariffs
4.12 Amendments to the Radio and Television act
4.13 National Information and Communication Initiative (NICI)
5. Fixed network operators
5.1 Chunghwa Telecom Co Ltd (CHT)
5.1.1 Financial and operational statistics
5.2 Taiwan Fixed Network Telecom
6. Telecommunications infrastructure
6.1 Overview of the national telecom network
6.2 Submarine cable networks
6.3 Satellite networks
6.4 Cloud Computing
7. Smart infrastructure
7.1 Smart grids
8. Related reports
Table 1 Country statistics 2016
Table 2 Telecom revenue statistics 2016
Table 3 Telephone network statistics 2016
Table 4 Internet user statistics 2016
Table 5 Fixed broadband statistics 2016
Table 6 Mobile statistics 2016
Table 7 National telecommunications authorities
Table 8 Taiwan - Distribution of telecom revenue by services 2016
Table 9 Taiwan - Data communication revenue and mobile data service revenue as proportion of total telecom revenue 2001 - 2016
Table 10 Historic - Taiwan telecoms service revenue 1985; 1990; 1995; 2000; 2005 2014
Table 11 Taiwan 2.5GHz spectrum winners 2007
Table 12 Taiwan - Chunghwa Telecom revenue, capex, net profit 2000 2016
Table 13 Taiwan - Chunghwa Telecom revenue breakdown 2006 - 2016
Table 14 Chunghwa Telecom fixed line subscribers and market share 2000 - 2016
Table 15 Chunghwa Telecom fixed residential and business subscribers 2004 - 2016
Table 16 Taiwan Fixed-line subscribers and penetration 1995 - 2016
Table 17 Taiwan - Call volumes for outgoing mobile and fixed network traffic 1999 2015
Chart 1 Taiwan Fixed-line subscribers and penetration 1995 - 2016
Exhibit 1 Major global/regional submarine cables with landing point in Taiwan

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