Newly released market study: China Telecommunications Report Q1 2016

From: Fast Market Research, Inc.
Published: Wed Nov 18 2015

Despite its size and ability to rapidly integrate new technology and solutions, the Chinese telecoms market's potential is undermined by the state's reluctance to relinquish control. Government directives concerning the accelerated development of the national broadband network, its licensing of an unsustainable number of MVNOs and influence over pricing potentially leave the industry unable to respond to negative changes in the macroeconomic arena.

Key Data

Mobile subscription growth has turned volatile, owing to a number of factors including inactive SIM disconnections, subscriber transfers to 3G/4G services, customers migrating to MVNOs and the slowing consumer spending. Growth will remain positive, reaching 1.417bn subscriptions at the end of 2019.

The fixed-line market is declining faster than seen in previous years, as mobile services offer affordable alternatives. We forecast the market to decrease to 220mn lines by 2019 with penetration at 15.4%.

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Fixed broadband - led by FTTH deployment - still has strong growth momentum and our forecasts expect 358mn connections in 2019.

Key Trends And Developments

China's mobile network operators spent the first six months of 2015 focused on developing their new 4G networks and the services running over them. The companies claim to be at a critical stage of transformation, with capital expenditures running high, alongside costly customer acquisition and retention programmes. Meanwhile, third party over-the-top (OTT) services continue to erode income from core voice and messaging services and ARPUs have trended downwards.

The launch of low-cost services by MVNOs is also considered to be dragging down revenues and profits, although the MVNO market is still at a very early stage of development. The creation of a shared telecoms towers company will help lower build-out costs for the new networks and enable China Unicom and China Telecom reach out into rural areas.

The China Telecommunications Report features BMI Research's independent industry forecasts on the future strength of China'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 China 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 China.

Key Benefits

* Benchmark BMI's independent telecoms industry forecasts for China

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