Asian Fixed Broadband, Internet Markets and Forecasts Report
Asia Mobile Broadband and Digital Economy Overview Report
Asian Telecommunications Reports by Country and Regions
Afghanistan Mobile, Internet and Telecommunications Market Overview
Telecommunications Mobile Market Overview and Internet
Azerbaijan Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Market
Bangladesh Mobile, Broadband and Key Telecommunications Statistics
Bhutan Telecoms Market Overview and Statistics
Telecom Market, Mobile and Broadband Overview
Telecom Market Overview, Stats and Forecasts
China Key Statistics and Telecommunications Market
Telecom Market Report
Telecoms, Mobile Market and Broadband Forecasts
Hong Kong Broadband
This report provides an overview of the broadband market in Hong Kong and looks
at some of the major players, together with a range of statistics and information
on Hong Kong’s Internet market.
India Telecoms and Broadband
Overview and Forecasts
India continues to be one of the fastest growing major telecom markets in the world.
Sweeping reforms introduced by successive Indian governments over the last decade
have dramatically changed the nature of telecommunications in the country. The
mobile sector has grown from around 10 million subscribers in 2002 to 150 million
by the start of 2007. While GSM technology still dominates the mobile market,
CDMA has quickly grabbed almost 30% share. The mobile industry should continue
to boom. Fixed-line services grew strongly for a while but have been experiencing
zero and negative growth of late. This report presents the key measures and takes
a general look at the market direction.
Indonesia Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband Markets Forecasts
The Indonesian telecom sector has been through a lot of turmoil over the last
decade. This report gives an overview of the market at a time when it seems to
have successfully weathered the worst of the country’s economic difficulties.
Growth, both in subscriber numbers and in revenues, has been occurring once
again and, more importantly, there are signs that the changes in the regulatory
regime and operator restructuring are starting to have a positive effect on the
industry. The mobile market has been especially strong. However, there were some
signs that the government was hesitating in its efforts to restructure the industry.
Japan Broadband Market, Overview, Statistics and
Entering 2011, Japan had over 35 million broadband lines in place, making it the
third largest broadband country in the world after the US and China. Much of the
success of broadband in Japan is owed to the stunning growth surge that occurred
back in 2003 on the back of DSL broadband technology. Since then Japan has established
the second largest FttX market at around 30% of the world market after China which
represents about 40% of the world market.
Kazakhstan Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband Market Forecasts and Report
Kazakhstan has a booming telecoms market. New legislation adopted in 2004 opened
the floodgates for the liberalisation of the telecom sector and ended Kazakhtelecom’s
monopoly. By April 2005, four companies had been licensed to provide international
and long-distance services in competition with the incumbent. By year-end, over
1,000 licences had been issued for the provision of a range of telecom services.
Rapid growth in the mobile market has seen subscriber numbers surge from 260,000
in 2000 to over 12 million by late 2007.
North - Telecoms Market Overview and Statistics
North Korea’s obsession with secrecy has made it extremely difficult to get a
clear picture of the sector. Very limited mobile services began in late 2002,
but citizens were banned from using mobile phones eighteen months later. In a
surprising development Egypt’s Orascom Holdings was awarded a 3G WCDMA licence
in 2008 and started commercial operations in 2009. This report provides an
overview on telecoms in North Korea and the 3G operations of kyryolink.
See the executive summary.
South - Mobile Market Overview and Forecasts Report
South Korea has one of the most vibrant and interesting telecommunications
markets in the world. Supported by a visionary government program of stimulating
development through liberalisation, deregulation and early privatisation of the
incumbent, a creative and energetic private sector and a technology savvy population,
the Republic of Korea continues to push forward on the mobile communications front.
See executive summary.
Kyrgyzstan Telecoms, Mobile and Internet Market Report
The telecommunications market in Kyrgyzstan has been opened up to both foreign and domestic
investors in accordance with requirements set down by the WTO. Under the terms of the WTO
accession, full liberalisation of the telecoms market had been expected to be achieved by
end-2006. According to the ITU, Kyrgyzstan had implemented full competition across all
segments of its telecoms sector as of 2007. See executive summary.
Lao Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband Market Forecasts and Report
There was no hiding the fact that Laos has had to struggle for years with a poorly performing
economy and a commercial environment that was in desperate need of reform. However, in the 2006/07
period there was a noticeable shift in the outlook for the country with positive news being
reported on many fronts. Most importantly, a significant number of hydro-electric power projects
and mining ventures have become or are close to a reality, with many more possible projects in
the pipeline. Laos is at last moving forward in a confident fashion. It is also moving forward
in its efforts to strengthen its telecommunications infrastructure, to attract more foreign
investment into the sector and to introduce the latest telecom technologies.
Macao Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband Market Forecasts and Report
Macau, a Special Administrative Region (SAR) of China, remains very low profile compared with
its bustling sister SAR, Hong Kong. The country has quietly built itself a strong modern
telecoms infrastructure, the equal of any country in the region, with very significant
penetration of telecom services. Macau has a fully integrated telecom network which
compares well with the best in Asia. The last remaining Portuguese colony in Asia, Macau
reverted to Mainland Chinese rule in 1999, becoming a SAR of China. The Macau Government
privatised its telecommunications system very early on in 1981 and chose Cable and Wireless
to operate and expand the service. Read executive summary.
Malaysia Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband Market Forecasts and Report
With its widespread application of modern technologies such as fibre optics, wireless
transmission, digitalisation and satellite services, Malaysia has one of the more advanced
telecom networks in the developing world. Of course, the country has a national objective
to see Malaysia ranked as a fully developed country by the year 2020.
Maldives Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband Market Forecasts and Report
With the country’s well-developed national network, the capital Malé is particularly well served,
as are the tourist resort islands. The critical issue of connectivity to the rest of the world
for its relatively small population of 350,000 has been addressed with considerable success;
this has been further enhanced by the provision of a major submarine cable connection to Sri
Lanka; at the same time the opportunity was taken to provide undersea links between the main
atolls, thereby substantially strengthening the domestic connectivity. Efficient telecommunications
services have been established to all inhabited islands by the national telco, Dhivehi Raajjeyge
Gulhun Pvt Ltd (Dhiraagu). Dhiraagu, a joint venture between the government (65%) and Cable &
Wireless plc (35%), has played a major role in setting up the country’s infrastructure.
The company, despite having been criticised in the past for its high tariff structure, has
played an undeniably important role in establishing and delivering telephone services
across the archipelago.
Mongolia Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband Market Forecasts and Report
Since the Mongolian Government’s telecommunications reform program in the mid-1990s,
there has been effective liberalisation of all market segments, partial privatisation of
the fixed-line incumbent operator, Mongolia Telecom, and establishment of an independent
regulator. Mongolia acceded to the WTO in 1996. Competition is in place for both fixed
and mobile telephony, including local, long-distance, and international, Internet, VoIP,
and VSATs. The Internet market is a small but growing sector. Government initiatives such
as the e-Mongolia National Program are helping to spread Internet awareness and usage
throughout the country.
Myanmar (Burma) Telecoms, Mobile and Internet Report
Myanmar’s telecommunications sector continues to be dominated by the state-owned monopoly
telephone service provider, Myanmar Posts and Telecommunications (MPT). With the government’s
conservative approach to structural reform, it was not surprising that MPT continues to maintain
its monopoly over the telecom sector, being the sole national telephone network operator. MPT
drafted a 20-year master plan the period 1990 to 2010 and under this plan a range of different
projects have been implemented over the years to improve the underdeveloped network. The
expansion has been characterised, however, by a somewhat erratic rate of progress. Nevertheless,
the Myanmar has managed to move from around 100,000 installed fixed lines to an estimated
one million in 2008. Over the same time period the number of fixed-line subscribers
increased from 76,000 to an estimated 800,000. Despite this tenfold increase, however,
by 2009 the fixed-line penetration was still less than 2%. Reas executive summary.
Nepal Telecoms, Mobile and Internet Market
By early 2007, however, hope for Nepal’s transition to a more stable period was certainly on the rise.
The Nepal’s first elections for over nine years were finally held in April 2008; a clear victory
going to the Maoists who were expected to renounce violence and become a party of government. With this
remarkable turnaround following years of difficulty, the scene was set to build on the considerable
progress already made in recent years in meeting the growing demand for telephone services. Not only
has there been strong subscriber growth, especially in the mobile sector, there was evidence of a
clear vision in the sector, including putting a reform process in place and planning for the building
of necessary telecommunications infrastructure. See executive summary.
Pakistan Key Statistics and Telecom Market Overview
Pakistan’s telecom market has struggled for a long time with the transition
from a regulated state-owned monopoly to a deregulated competitive structure.
The government set out plans to increase fixed-line teledensity from 2.5% at the end
of 2002 to 7% (around 10 million fixed lines) by 2010. To achieve this target, however,
more than one million lines still needs to be added annually. In the meantime, the whole
telecom landscape in Pakistan has changed with the phenomenal expansion of the mobile market.
Over the same period 2002 to 2009 the number of mobile subscribers jumped from less than
2 million to more than 94 million. Despite a tightening national economy, coming into 2009
the mobile market continued to expand at an annual rate in excess of 10%.
Philippines Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Market Forecasts
Philippines key telecom market statistics and regulatory overviews. While the
telecom sector in the Philippines has witnessed considerable investment and
activity since deregulation in 1993, the market has fallen short of its potential.
However, there are strong signs that this is changing.
Singapore - Telecommunications
Singapore’s reputation for a truly progressive telecommunications market over
the past three decades has been built on its excellent infrastructure. Whilst
the Singapore’s geographical situation has been of considerable advantage in putting
its infrastructure in place, other factors, including the government’s strong
commitment to developing telecommunications, have certainly helped.
Sri Lanka - Telecoms, Mobile,
Broadband and Forecasts
A modern progressive telecommunications sector is certainly high on the list of priorities
for Sri Lanka. There is considerable determination within the country to work at strengthening
the economy and general well-being of the country. A good start has been made on expansion and
provision of infrastructure that is capable of providing a sophisticated level of telecommunications
service to the population throughout the country. Nevertheless, much still needs to be done to
complete the build-out of the necessary national infrastructure.
Taiwan - Broadband Market,
Overview and Statistics Report
In a short time, Taiwan has become a significant player in broadband Internet access.
The government has been busy promoting the benefits of broadband and has committed
the country to being on a par with the US by 2010. By September 2003, Taiwan was
ranked fourth in the world in terms of broadband penetration with 13%, up from 4% just
two years earlier. By mid-2005, the penetration had been lifted to over 17%. At end-2004,
the IDC Information Society Index (ISI) rated Taiwan as having the world’s best wireless
Internet penetration. The report looks at the broadband side of the Internet revolution that
has taken place in Taiwan.
Tajikistan - Telecoms, Mobile
and Internet Market Overview
Tajikistan’s telecommunications network is arguably the least developed of all
the countries that emerged from the former Soviet Union. With a telecom network
that was near total collapse, the government has started the daunting task of
bringing it up to modern standards. A gradual process of liberalisation is
under way and a number of private operators have been allowed to enter the
telecom market since 1996, notably in the mobile and Internet sectors.
Thailand - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Forecasts
Thailand would appear to have shrugged off its earlier hesitation about the Internet.
It has been energetically embracing everything online in the marketplace. After a period
of heavy dependence on dial-up, the country has been making a strong push into broadband
services. Most significantly, some of the players have started committing significant
capital to building infrastructure. At the same time a start has been made on restructuring
the Internet market. Once government changes to the regulatory regime start to impact, there
should be even greater opportunity for broadband Internet to flourish. This report gives
a general overview at the Thai broadband Internet market.
Turkmenistan - Telecom Market Overview
Communications services in Turkmenistan are the least developed of all the CIS
countries. Poor growth in telecoms services, the slow progress in the development
of the private sector and continuing state control over most economic activities
have not been helpful in growing the country’s telecommunications market.
Combined fixed-line and mobile teledensity was estimated at roughly 10% in 2005.
The Internet is controlled by the government and access is severely restricted.
Uzbekistan - Telecommunications Market Overview, Statistics and Forecast
Uzbekistan has been struggling to bring its telecom system up to the standard
found in more developed countries. Although steadily improving, a substantial
portion of the telecoms infrastructure remains outmoded and inadequate. Since
2002 the situation has markedly improved, due largely to the government giving
priority to the ICT sector.
Vietnam - Broadband Market
Having come late to the Internet, Vietnam is only now starting to explore the possibilities
to be found in higher Internet access speeds. The initial roll-out of some broadband services
has been followed by a strong surge in growth, but broadband remains on a relatively small
scale and in need of a stronger market focus by the providers. Given that there are signs
of an increasingly Internet savvy population, it will be interesting to see how services
such as WiMAX take off. This report looks at the early development of broadband in the
country, as well as the embryonic e-commerce market. Interestingly, the government has
been particularly active in the development of cyber laws.
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