Taiwan Telecommunications Report

Providing expert analysis, independent forecasts and competitive intelligence on the telecommunications industry.

Report includes: BMI Industry View, Industry SWOT Analysis, BMI Industry Forecast Scenario, Telecommunications Risk Reward Index, Market Overview, Regulatory Environment, Company Profiles and Competitive

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Taiwan Telecommunications Report
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BMI View : We have made only modest forecast revisions in the latest Q1 2017 report update. We retain the view that Taiwan ' s telecoms sector is highly competitive and , coupled with a tech-savvy population, has propelled the uptake of advanced mobile and wireline services. However, t hree major operators command close to 90% of the mobile market, and we believe pressure for smaller operators to merge or be acquired will intensify in 2017 as unlimited mobile data plans are still the norm in Taiwan, and this strategy to encourage subscribers to increase data consumption will continue to eat into ARPU into the medium-term.

4G Supplanting 2G And 3G Networks
Taiwan Mobile Forecasts
f = BMI forecast. Source: National sources, BMI

Latest Updates & Industry Developments

  • Mobile subscriptions fell modestly in 9M16 as inactive SIMs continue to be discounted. We forecast 29.73mn subscriptions by end-2017, rising to 31.0mn in 2020. It will be 3G/4G migration that will drive growth, although some multi-SIM ownership will persist.

  • Chungwha and Taiwan Mobile have requested the government to continue supporting its subsidy for the migration of 2G customers to 3G/4G services. The current 2G licenses are set to expire in June 2017. There were an estimated 563,000 2G customers in the market as of June 2016. The operators are requesting that the Ministry of Economic Affairs' Industrial Development Bureau continue its support for consumers looking to trade their 2G handset for a 3G/4G compatible one. The operators are looking to migrate all subscribers by 2017.

  • Demand for low-capacity wireline broadband continues to decline, but 4G and fibre connections will facilitate uptake of high-value triple- and quad-play services. 3G/4G Subscriptions will reach 100% by YE17, but will yield higher ARPU.

BMI Industry View
Industry Forecast
Latest Updates
Structural Trends
Table: Telecoms Sector - Historical Data & Forecasts (Taiwan 2013-2020)
Industry Risk/Reward Index
Asia Pacific Risk/Reward Index
Table: Asia Pacific Telecoms Risk/Reward Index, Q316
Industry Risk/Reward Index
Market Overview
Market Drivers & Trends
Table: Mobile Subscription Market Shares By Operator, Q415
Wireline Voice & Broadband
Table: Taiwan Broadband Subscriptions (000)
Table: Chunghwa Telecom Wireline Broadband Subscriptions By Type ('000)
Table: Taiwan Mobile - Pay-TV Metrics
Regulatory Development
Table: Taiwan - Regulatory Bodies And Their Responsibilities
Competitive Landscape
Table: Mobile Market Overview
Table: Chunghwa Telecom
Table: Taiwan Mobile
Table: Far EasTone
Company Profile
Chunghwa Telecom
Taiwan Mobile
Demographic Forecast
Table: Population Headline Indicators (Taiwan 1990-2025)
Table: Key Population Ratios (Taiwan 1990-2025)
Table: Urban/Rural Population & Life Expectancy (Taiwan 1990-2025)
Table: Population By Age Group (Taiwan 1990-2025)
Table: Population By Age Group % (Taiwan 1990-2025)
Table: Glossary Of Terms
Industry Forecast Methodology
Risk/Reward Index Methodology
Table: Risk/Reward Index Indicators
Table: Weighting Of Indicators

The Taiwan Telecommunications Report features BMI Research'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.

Key Benefits

  • Benchmark BMI's independent telecoms industry forecasts for Taiwan to test other views - a key input for successful budgeting and strategic business planning in the Taiwanese telecoms market.
  • Target business opportunities and risks in Taiwan's telecoms sector through our reviews of latest industry trends, regulatory changes and major deals, projects and investments in Taiwan.
  • Assess the activities, strategy and market position of your competitors, partners and clients via our Company Profiles (inc. SWOTs, KPIs and latest activity).


BMI Industry View

Summary of BMI’s key industry forecasts and views, covering the ARPU, fixed-line, mobile (including 3G & 4G), internet and broadband markets.

Industry SWOT Analysis

Analysis of the major Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats within the wireline and wireless sectors and within the broader political, economic and business environment.

BMI Industry Forecast Scenario

Historic data series (2010-2013) and forecasts to end-2019 for all key industry indicators, supported by explicit assumptions, plus analysis of key downside risks to the main forecast.

  • Fixed-line Telephony – Telephone lines (‘000); telephone lines/100 inhabitants.
  • Cellular Telephony – Mobile phone subscribers (‘000); mobile phone subscribers/100 inhabitants; and where available, 3G & 4G subscribers (‘000); 3G & 4G subscribers/100 inhabitants; 3G & 4G subscribers as a percentage of overall mobile market.
  • Internet Markets – Internet users (‘000); internet users/100 inhabitants; broadband internet subscribers (‘000); broadband internet subscribers/100 inhabitants.

BMI’s Telecommunications Risk Reward Index

BMI’s Risk Reward Indices provide investors (vendors, operators and suppliers) looking for opportunities in the region with a clear country comparative assessment of a market’s risks and potential rewards. Each of the country markets are scored using a sophisticated model that includes more than 40 industry, economic and demographic data points to provide an Indices of highest to lowest appeal to investors, with each position explained.

Market Data Analysis

Detailed market analysis of the mobile, mobile content, fixed-line and internet segments, broken down into:

  • Market Data – Analysis of market size, operator shares, dominant trends, competitive landscape and key quarterly data.
  • Technology/Service Rollout – Analysis of rollout/adoption of new technology, such as 3G & 4G, WiMAX, IPTV, pay-TV, LTE and valueadded handset services (gaming, music, video, apps etc.).
  • Mobile Content – The latest trends in content and services available and being introduced by mobile operators, including a timeline of all the latest major mobile content developments.
    Company Database – A comprehensive breakdown of KPIs of the leading mobile operators, including subscriber figures by type (pre-paid and post-paid); 3G & 4G subscriber figures; net additions; market share; ARPU; churn rates; minutes of use; voice and non-voice revenue; financial figures (including operating revenues, net profits and EBITDA).

Regulatory Environment

Details of the regulatory bodies and their responsibilities, as well as a special focus on the rules surrounding competition and interconnection. Also covers the latest updates in the market’s development and regulatory rulings.

Company Profiles*

Examines the competitive positioning and short- to medium-term business strategies of key industry players. Strategy is examined within the context of BMI’s industry forecasts, our macroeconomic views and our understanding of the wider competitive landscape to generate Company SWOT analyses. The latest financial and operating statistics and key company developments are also incorporated within the company profiles, enabling a full evaluation of recent company performance and future growth prospects.


The Telecommunications Reports draw on an extensive network of primary sources, such as multilateral organisations, government departments, industry associations, chambers and company reports.

*Company profiles are not available for every country. Those reports instead contain information on the current activities of prominent companies operating in the market.