Telecoms Infrastructure, Operators, Regulations - Statistics and Analysis
The Chinese telecom market is the biggest in the world when it comes to subscribers and is undergoing transition. Mobile subscriptions outnumber fixed voice connections and voice is giving method to data as the principal revenue generator. China's telecom market is served by three operators; China Telecom, China Unicom and China Mobile. All three are integrated providers of telecom services although China Mobile is the biggest in the crucial mobile market.
China's fixed-line market is in decline as a result of voice mobile substitution although both main fixed-line operators of China Telecom and China Unicom have aggressively deployed and marketed fibre broadband to improve the worthiness of maintaining a fixed-line. Fixed line penetration has dropped significantly in the last five years. This trend is predicted to keep over the next five years to 2022 driven by the growing adoption of mobile broadband.
China's telecommunications development has generally been driven by investments from government-allied entities. However, the Chinese government has chosen a minimal intervention approach in broadband development.
While some government funding is allocated to universal service, an important strategy of the Chinese government has been to produce a competitive market structure by restructuring the telecommunications sector.
This report presents key facets of the China telecom market as it enters 2017. It provides an overview of the regulatory environment, market highlights and comprehensive statistics.