The Macau Post and Telecommunications Bureau (Correios e Telecomunicacoes de Macau, CTT) says that separate licences will not be required for the provision of future 5G mobile services, with the technology to be included in an updated converged telecoms concession. A report from the Macau News Agency cites CTT director Derby Lau Wai Meng as saying: ‘We proposed that the changes to the communication law that will license current operators of 3G and 4G [services] in the future should have a technology-neutral role, not mandating a specific technology in the licensing. This communications convergence legislation will include the use of 5G.’
Ms Lau also said that the regulator is willing to support cellcos with regards to 5G network rollouts: ‘We want more favourable conditions for the operators we can supply 5G to. The changes will give more powers for operators to install the network and more power for the government to supervise it.’
Macau is home to four mobile network operators: CTM, Hutchison 3, SmarTone and China Telecom Macau.