Report Published: "Taiwan Telecommunications Report Q1 2015"

New Fixed Networks market report from Business Monitor International: "Taiwan Telecommunications Report Q1 2015"

[UKPRwire, Wed Mar 04 2015] Accelerating 4G take up reflects the high spending tech savvy population of Taiwan that makes it one of the most developed in the Asia Pacific region. The three leading operators have announced rapid take-up of their 4G services, driven by strong competition and high demand. With six operators hav ing obtained 4G licences and launching quickly, it is clear that operators have high expectations of the impact 4G will bring . 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. Operators will look to mobile payment, mobile commerce and cloud computing services as means of further boosting income with services to encourage loyalty over the long term .

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Key Data

* The latest data from mobile operators and the NCC show total subscriptions reached 29.386mn in Q214, up by 1.6% 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 to 26.108mn in Q214.
* The fixed-line sector falters - the latest data from regulator the NCC indicate that it declined by 1.5% y-o-y in Q214, falling to a total 12.14mn subscriptions.

Key Trends & Developments

Competition in the 4G market heated up quickly as operators launched in mid 2014. Far EasTone had signed up 254,000 4G subscribers by the end of August 2014, according to the NCC. Chunghwa Telecom and Taiwan Mobile had registered 199,000 and 180,000 subscribers to their respective LTE-based offerings by August. Taiwan Star Cellular, entered the sector at the end of August and officially started offering connectivity through its own 4G infrastructure. Both Far EasTone and Taiwan Mobile announced they were on track to hit 1mn 4G subscriptions each by the end of...

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.

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