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Bhutan's mobile market continues to expand

The number of fixed telephone lines in Bhutan is gradually declining from a very small base as the mobile segment continues to expand. Bhutan had been isolated from the rest of the world for a long time, both generally, and particularly in terms of its telecommunications. Its mountainous landscape made it especially difficult to build the necessary telecoms infrastructure.

Penetration is predicted to drop further by 2019 as this declining fixed-line trend continues.

Bhutan also came late to the internet. Development continued down a slow path, as the country embraced online activity cautiously. Fixed broadband penetration in Bhutan is increasing moderately from a very relatively small base. The fixed broadband market is predicted to continue to grow moderately over the next five years to 2022. The limited and declining number of fixed lines in Bhutan is restricting more widespread development of fixed broadband.

The mobile market in Bhutan has grown strongly over the past few years however the growth rate has subsided over the past few years as the mobile market begins to mature. Slower and declining growth is predicted to continue over the next five years to 2022 as the mobile subscriber market further matures.

B-Mobile is the leading mobile operator in Bhutan. TashiCell is its only market competitor, and has been bridging the gap over the past few years.

Mobile broadband has seen strong growth in Bhutan over the past five years and this strong growth is predicted to continue over the next two years to 2019.

The mobile networks have provided a major boost to internet access in the country, largely on the back of EDGE/GPRS, 3G and more recently 4G platforms.

4G LTE networks are now gaining traction in Bhutan with both major mobile operators offering 4G services.

Key developments:

Bhutan's telecom sector has been continuing on a steady development path.

TashiCell has been bridging the gap over the past few years in the mobile market.

The mobile market in Bhutan has grown moderately over the past few years.

Mobile broadband has seen strong growth and this is expected to continue.

4G LTE networks are now gaining traction in Bhutan.

Companies mentioned in this report

Bhutan Telecom, B-Mobile, DrukNet, Samden Tech, Tashi InfoComm, TashiCell, Ericsson, Reliance, Airtel.

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Table Of Content

Scope

1. Executive summary

2. Key statistics

3. Country overview

3.1 Background

3.2 Economy

4. Telecommunications market

4.1 Market Overview and Analysis

5. Regulatory environment

5.1 Bhutan Telecommunications Act 1999

5.2 Bhutan Information Communications and Media (BICM) Act 2006

5.3 BICMA legislation amendment or repeal?

5.4 Licensing

5.4.1 Overview

5.4.2 Second mobile licence

6. Fixed network operators

6.1 Bhutan Telecom

7. Telecommunications infrastructure

7.1 Overview of the national telecom network

7.1.1 Background

7.1.2 Bhutan Telecom's infrastructure roll-out

7.1.3 Fixed-line statistics

7.1.4 Fibre networks

7.1.5 Universal Service Fund (USF)

7.1.6 Remote communities

7.1.7 Rural communications programs

7.2 International infrastructure

7.2.1 Overview

7.2.2 Very Small Aperture Terminals (VSATs)

7.3 Forecasts Mobile Subscribers 2018-2022

8. Fixed-line broadband market

8.1 Background

8.2 Internet and Broadband statistics

8.3 Fixed Broadband Service Providers

8.3.1 Introduction

8.3.2 DrukNet

8.3.3 Samden Tech

8.4 Forecasts Fixed broadband subscribers 2018-2022

9. Mobile market

9.1 Introduction

9.2 Mobile statistics

9.3 Mobile broadband

10. Mobile infrastructure

10.1 3G

10.2 4G LTE

11. Major mobile operators

11.1 Operator Statistics

11.2 B-Mobile

11.3 Tashi InfoComm (Tashicell)

12. Digital economy

12.1 Introduction

12.2 e-Banking

12.3 e-Government

12.4 e-Education

12.4.1 Other

12.5 Social Media

13. Related reports

Table 1 Country statistics Bhutan 2017

Table 2 Telephone network statistics 2017

Table 3 Internet user statistics 2017

Table 4 Broadband statistics 2017

Table 5 Mobile statistics 2017

Table 6 National telecommunications authorities

Table 7 Bhutan's GDP real growth rate 2006-2017

Table 8 Fixed Lines, Penetration and Annual Growth (with forecast) 2007-2019

Table 9 Historic-fixed lines in service and Penetration 1995-2005

Table 11-Internet Users, Penetration and Annual Growth (with forecast)-2007-2019

Table 12 Historic-Percentage of households with a computer 2002-2006

Table 13-Historic-Internet users and penetration rate-1999 2006

Table 14 Historic-Fixed internet subscribers 2003-2014

Table 15 Historic-Dial-up internet subscribers 2001 2008; 2010-2014

Table 17 Historic-DSL broadband internet subscribers 2008-2016

Table 18 Broadband / Internet subscribers by type of access 2008; 2012-2016

Table 19 Historic-International internet bandwidth 2000-2006

Table 20 Broadband, Leased Line and Mobile Broadband by Service Provider 2016

Table 22-Historic-Mobile subscribers, annual change and penetration 2003 2009

Table 24 Percentage of Population Covered by Type of Mobile Network

Table 25 Mobile broadband, Penetration and Annual Growth (with forecast) 2007-2019

Table 26 Mobile operators and systems

Table 27 Mobile subscribers and market share by operator 2017

Table 28 Historic-Mobile subscribers and market share by operator 2016

Table 29 Historic-Mobile subscribers by operator 2014

Table 30 B-Mobile's subscribers 2003-2017

Table 31 Historic-B-Mobile's 3G subscribers 2008-2016

Table 32 TashiCell mobile subscribers 2010-2017

Chart 1- Fixed Lines and Penetration (with forecast) 2007-2019

Chart 2 Forecast Mobile Subscribers and Penetration-2012-2022

Chart 3-Internet users and penetration (with forecast)-2007-2019

Chart 4-- Percentage of households with Internet access at home (with forecast)-2007-2019

Chart 5-- Percentage of households with a computer (with forecast)-2007-2019

Chart 6-Fixed Broadband Subscribers and Penetration-2007-2017

Chart 7 International internet bandwidth 2007-2017

Chart 8 Forecast Fixed Broadband Subscribers-2012-2022

Chart 9-Mobile Subscribers and Penetration- 2007-2017

Chart 10-Mobile broadband subscribers (with forecast) 2009-2019

Chart 11-Mobile subscribers and market share by operator 2017

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Exhibit 2 Licences issued by service category

Exhibit 3 Licensed ISPs

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Bhutan's mobile market continues to expand

The number of fixed telephone lines in Bhutan is gradually declining from a very small base as the mobile segment continues to expand. Bhutan had been isolated from the rest of the world for a long time, both generally, and particularly in terms of its telecommunications. Its mountainous landscape made it especially difficult to build the necessary telecoms infrastructure.

Penetration is predicted to drop further by 2019 as this declining fixed-line trend continues.

Bhutan also came late to the internet. Development continued down a slow path, as the country embraced online activity cautiously. Fixed broadband penetration in Bhutan is increasing moderately from a very relatively small base. The fixed broadband market is predicted to continue to grow moderately over the next five years to 2022. The limited and declining number of fixed lines in Bhutan is restricting more widespread development of fixed broadband.

The mobile market in Bhutan has grown strongly over the past few years however the growth rate has subsided over the past few years as the mobile market begins to mature. Slower and declining growth is predicted to continue over the next five years to 2022 as the mobile subscriber market further matures.

B-Mobile is the leading mobile operator in Bhutan. TashiCell is its only market competitor, and has been bridging the gap over the past few years.

Mobile broadband has seen strong growth in Bhutan over the past five years and this strong growth is predicted to continue over the next two years to 2019.

The mobile networks have provided a major boost to internet access in the country, largely on the back of EDGE/GPRS, 3G and more recently 4G platforms.

4G LTE networks are now gaining traction in Bhutan with both major mobile operators offering 4G services.

Key developments:

Bhutan's telecom sector has been continuing on a steady development path.

TashiCell has been bridging the gap over the past few years in the mobile market.

The mobile market in Bhutan has grown moderately over the past few years.

Mobile broadband has seen strong growth and this is expected to continue.

4G LTE networks are now gaining traction in Bhutan.

Companies mentioned in this report

Bhutan Telecom, B-Mobile, DrukNet, Samden Tech, Tashi InfoComm, TashiCell, Ericsson, Reliance, Airtel.

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Scope

1. Executive summary

2. Key statistics

3. Country overview

3.1 Background

3.2 Economy

4. Telecommunications market

4.1 Market Overview and Analysis

5. Regulatory environment

5.1 Bhutan Telecommunications Act 1999

5.2 Bhutan Information Communications and Media (BICM) Act 2006

5.3 BICMA legislation amendment or repeal?

5.4 Licensing

5.4.1 Overview

5.4.2 Second mobile licence

6. Fixed network operators

6.1 Bhutan Telecom

7. Telecommunications infrastructure

7.1 Overview of the national telecom network

7.1.1 Background

7.1.2 Bhutan Telecom's infrastructure roll-out

7.1.3 Fixed-line statistics

7.1.4 Fibre networks

7.1.5 Universal Service Fund (USF)

7.1.6 Remote communities

7.1.7 Rural communications programs

7.2 International infrastructure

7.2.1 Overview

7.2.2 Very Small Aperture Terminals (VSATs)

7.3 Forecasts Mobile Subscribers 2018-2022

8. Fixed-line broadband market

8.1 Background

8.2 Internet and Broadband statistics

8.3 Fixed Broadband Service Providers

8.3.1 Introduction

8.3.2 DrukNet

8.3.3 Samden Tech

8.4 Forecasts Fixed broadband subscribers 2018-2022

9. Mobile market

9.1 Introduction

9.2 Mobile statistics

9.3 Mobile broadband

10. Mobile infrastructure

10.1 3G

10.2 4G LTE

11. Major mobile operators

11.1 Operator Statistics

11.2 B-Mobile

11.3 Tashi InfoComm (Tashicell)

12. Digital economy

12.1 Introduction

12.2 e-Banking

12.3 e-Government

12.4 e-Education

12.4.1 Other

12.5 Social Media

13. Related reports

Table 1 Country statistics Bhutan 2017

Table 2 Telephone network statistics 2017

Table 3 Internet user statistics 2017

Table 4 Broadband statistics 2017

Table 5 Mobile statistics 2017

Table 6 National telecommunications authorities

Table 7 Bhutan's GDP real growth rate 2006-2017

Table 8 Fixed Lines, Penetration and Annual Growth (with forecast) 2007-2019

Table 9 Historic-fixed lines in service and Penetration 1995-2005

Table 11-Internet Users, Penetration and Annual Growth (with forecast)-2007-2019

Table 12 Historic-Percentage of households with a computer 2002-2006

Table 13-Historic-Internet users and penetration rate-1999 2006

Table 14 Historic-Fixed internet subscribers 2003-2014

Table 15 Historic-Dial-up internet subscribers 2001 2008; 2010-2014

Table 17 Historic-DSL broadband internet subscribers 2008-2016

Table 18 Broadband / Internet subscribers by type of access 2008; 2012-2016

Table 19 Historic-International internet bandwidth 2000-2006

Table 20 Broadband, Leased Line and Mobile Broadband by Service Provider 2016

Table 22-Historic-Mobile subscribers, annual change and penetration 2003 2009

Table 24 Percentage of Population Covered by Type of Mobile Network

Table 25 Mobile broadband, Penetration and Annual Growth (with forecast) 2007-2019

Table 26 Mobile operators and systems

Table 27 Mobile subscribers and market share by operator 2017

Table 28 Historic-Mobile subscribers and market share by operator 2016

Table 29 Historic-Mobile subscribers by operator 2014

Table 30 B-Mobile's subscribers 2003-2017

Table 31 Historic-B-Mobile's 3G subscribers 2008-2016

Table 32 TashiCell mobile subscribers 2010-2017

Chart 1- Fixed Lines and Penetration (with forecast) 2007-2019

Chart 2 Forecast Mobile Subscribers and Penetration-2012-2022

Chart 3-Internet users and penetration (with forecast)-2007-2019

Chart 4-- Percentage of households with Internet access at home (with forecast)-2007-2019

Chart 5-- Percentage of households with a computer (with forecast)-2007-2019

Chart 6-Fixed Broadband Subscribers and Penetration-2007-2017

Chart 7 International internet bandwidth 2007-2017

Chart 8 Forecast Fixed Broadband Subscribers-2012-2022

Chart 9-Mobile Subscribers and Penetration- 2007-2017

Chart 10-Mobile broadband subscribers (with forecast) 2009-2019

Chart 11-Mobile subscribers and market share by operator 2017

Exhibit 1 Level of competition by market segment

Exhibit 2 Licences issued by service category

Exhibit 3 Licensed ISPs

• Single User Licences (for access by one person),
• 10 User Licences (for access for up to 10 Users),
• 20 User Licences (for access for up to 20 Users), and
• Site Licences (allow access by all staff within the country of purchase).

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