CTM launching 4G user trial next month

25 Aug 2015

Macau’s largest mobile operator Companhia de Telecomunicacoes de Macau (CTM) will allow its customers to try out its new 4G LTE network next month to fine-tune performance, having now completed the construction of the network, the company announced in a press briefing reported by Macau News. CTM’s network services vice president Declan Leong Pui Hong said that the firm has invested MOP600 million (USD75 million) in rolling out a 4G network supporting both frequency division duplex (FDD) and time division duplex (TDD) modes in partnership with Huawei Technologies, which upon official launch will have over 98% outdoor coverage of Macau and peak mobile data download speeds of at least 112Mbps. CTM (owned by Hong Kong-based Citic Telecom) intends to launch commercial LTE services ‘very soon’ once it is satisfied with network quality, while its licence stipulates an end-2015 deadline for providing at least 50% 4G coverage – as do the concessions of rivals Hutchison Macau (3), China Telecom Macau and SmarTone (Macau).

Concerning 4G service tariffs, CTM’s vice president for commercial affairs, Ebel Cham Pou I, indicated that LTE prices may cost less than existing 3G services, although the company’s proposed rates are still being reviewed by the Telecommunications Regulation Bureau (DSRT), including an unlimited data usage package.