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Global Communications Industry's Shipment Value to Post Approx. US$463.2 billion in 2015 with 7.9% Year-on-year Growth: MIC
January 29, 2015

Worldwide communications industry's shipment value – comprising of mobile, wireless, and cable communications subsectors - witnessed 6.2% year-on-year growth in 2014 to US$463.2 billion, according to Welber Chang, Director of Communications Industry Research Center at MIC (Market Intelligence and Consulting Institute), a Taipei-based IT research institute. "In 2015, the industry will continue growth momentum, growing at 7.9% year-on-year to break US$500 billion."

In Taiwan, the communications industry is projected to grow 9.9% year-on-year to around NT$2.8 trillion (US$90 billion; US$1 =NT$31.3), with contribution coming mainly from mobile phones and broadband CPE, says Chang.

 Taiwanese communications industry's shipment value by subsector and product, 2013 - 2015

Subsector

Product

2013 Value

2014

Value

2015

Value

YoY growth 14-15

Mobile Comm.

Mobile Phone

14,275

16,595

18,384

10.8%

GPS

186

121

103

-14.9%

Others (include 3G/4G data card/WiMAX etc)

203

197

198

0.5%

Subtotal

14,664

16,913

18,685

10.5%

Wireless Comm.

WLAN

802

1,036

1,134

9.5%

Small Cell/

Femtocell

63

74

86

16.2%

Bluetooth&WPAN

335

329

338

2.7%

Subtotal

1,200

1,439

1,558

8.3%

Cable Comm.

Broadband CPE

1,288

1,327

1,476

11.2%

IP-based STB

980

1,141

1,225

7.4%

VoIP (excluding VoIP broadband solutions)

143

147

151

2.7%

FTTx (including switch)

1,038

1,172

1,295

10.5%

Others (including IP camera and PLC)

263

288

312

8.3%

Subtotal

3,712

4,075

4,459

9.4%

Total Value of IC Components Shipped

2,670

3,244

3,509

8.2%

Total

22,246

25,671

28,211

9.9%

           

Note 1: The unit is in million NTD

Note 2: GPS is short for Global Positioning System, WiMAX (Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access), WLAN (Wireless Local Area Network), WPAN (Wireless Personal Area Network), VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol), FTTx (Fiber To The x), PLC (Power Line Communications)

Source: MIC, January 2015

Observing all products in three subsectors of Taiwan's communications industry, mobile phone, broadband CPE, and FTTx are three products expected to experience 10% or higher year-on-year growth in 2015. While mobile phones are benefited by outsourcing orders from Apple and Xiaomi, broadband CPE is particularly bolstered by the robust demand for cable modems. Furthermore, shipment value of FTTx is predicted to also grow around 10.5% year-on-year, owing to the bullish demand from datacenter owners and telecom operators to build back-end network systems.

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