Bhutan - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
Bhutan’s fixed line market continues to decline
The number of fixed telephone lines in Bhutan is gradually declining from a relatively small base as the mobile segment continues to expand driven by the mobile broadband segment.
Fixed broadband penetration continues to grow strongly but from a very small base. Over the next five years to 2024 low to moderate growth is expected from this small base. Fixed broadband penetration rates will continue to be much lower in the longer term than mobile broadband penetration rates as mobile networks will continue to dominate fixed line networks.
Bhutan Telecom and Ericsson have deployed a disaster resilient, emergency telecom core network as part of a Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) project and in partnership with Toyota Tsusho Corporation.
The mobile market in Bhutan has grown moderately over the past few years however the growth rate has subsided over the past few years as the mobile market begins to mature.
The mobile networks have provided a major boost to internet access in the country, with 4G platforms are now gaining traction in Bhutan with both major mobile operators offering 4G services. 4G/WiMAX networks now cover well over half of the country. Slower and declining growth is predicted to continue over the next five years to 2024 as the mobile subscriber market further matures.
The mobile broadband market in Bhutan has grown very strongly over the past few years. However slower and declining growth is predicted to continue over the next five years to 2024 as the mobile broadband subscriber market further matures.
- 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.
- Mobile broadband has seen strong growth and this is expected to continue at a slower rate.
- 4G LTE networks have now gained strong rraction in Bhutan.
Companies mentioned in this report
Bhutan Telecom, B-Mobile, DrukNet, Samden Tech, Tashi InfoComm, TashiCell, Ericsson, Reliance, Airtel.
Table of Contents
Market Overview and Analysis
Regional Asian Market Comparison
Bhutan Telecommunications Act 1999
Bhutan Information Communications and Media (BICM) Act 2006
Telecommunications Numbering Plan
Fixed Network Operators
Overview of the national telecom network
Bhutan Telecom’s infrastructure roll-out
Remote communities and Rural communications programs
Very Small Aperture Terminals (VSATs)
Fixed-line broadband market
Broadband statistics and Forecast
Fixed Broadband Service Providers
Mobile Statistics and Forecast
Mobile broadband Statistics and Forecast
Major mobile operators
Tashi InfoComm (Tashicell)
List of Table
List of Tables
Table 1 – Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities – 2019
Table 2 – Percentage of Population Covered by Type of Mobile Network
Table 3 – Fixed Lines and Penetration– 2009 – 2024
Table 4 – Historic - fixed lines in service and Penetration – 1995 – 2005
Table 5 – Fixed Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) – 2009 – 2024
Table 6 - Internet Users and annual growth - 2009 – 2019
Table 7 - Historic - Internet users and penetration rate - 1999 – 2006
Table 8 – Historic - Dial-up internet subscribers – 2001 – 2008; 2010 – 2014
Table 9 – Historic - Broadband / Internet subscribers by access (fixed and wireless)– 2008; 2012 – 2017
Table 10 – International internet bandwidth – 2000 – 2018
Table 11 – Lit/Equipped International Bandwidth Capacity – 2015 – 2018
Table 12 – Historic - ADSL Broadband Subscribers by Service Provider – 2017
Table 13 – Historic - Leased-Line Broadband Services by Service Provider – 2017
Table 14 – Historic - Broadband, Leased Line and Mobile Broadband by Service Provider – 2016
Table 15 – Mobile Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) – 2009 – 2024
Table 16 - Historic - Mobile subscribers, annual change and penetration 2003 – 2009
Table 17 – Mobile Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) – 2010 – 2024
Table 18 – Mobile operators and systems
Table 19 – Mobile subscribers and market share by operator – 2019
Table 20 – Historic - 4G Mobile subscribers and market share by operator – 2017
Table 21 – B-Mobile’s subscribers – 2003 – 2019
Table 22 – TashiCell mobile subscribers – 2010 – 2019
List of Chart
List of Charts
Chart 1 – Mobile, Mobile Broadband & Fixed Broadband Penetration –
Chart 2 – Asian Telecoms Maturity Index by Market Category
Chart 3 – Asian Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per Capita
Chart 4 – Telecoms Maturity Index – Central Asia
Chart 5 – Fixed Lines and Penetration – 2009 – 2024
Chart 6 – Fixed Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) – 2009 – 2024
Chart 7 – Mobile Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) – 2009 – 2024
Chart 8 – Mobile Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) – 2010 – 2024
Exhibit 1 – Key Market Characteristics by Market Segment
Exhibit 2 – Central Asia -Key Characteristics of Telecoms Markets by Country
Exhibit 3 – Level of competition by market segment
Exhibit 4 – Licences issued by service category
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