New fixed and mobile licences planned

12 Mar 2007

The government of Timor-Leste is planning to break the monopoly currently enjoyed by Timor Telecom, a subsidiary of Portugal Telecom. The telco, which provides fixed, mobile and internet services, was awarded a 15-year monopoly concession in 2002. The prime minister, Ramos-Horta, praised the investment the company had made, but said that the country needed efficient telecoms at affordable prices, adding that the current arrangement is ‘unilateral and impedes development for the sector.’ Timor Telecom is 41%-owned by Portugal Telecom, alongside the Timor Leste government and Vodatel of Saudi Arabia. Timor Telecom ended 2006 with around 41,000 cellular subscribers.

Timor-Leste, Timor Telecom