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Telecommunications Development in Asia$
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John URE

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9789622099029

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622099029.001.0001

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(p.197) 8 Macau
Telecommunications Development in Asia

John Ure

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter examines telecommunications development in Macau. The telecommunications infrastructure was built under the monopoly of CTM (Companhia de Telecomunicações de Macau) — a joint venture between Cable and Wireless, Portugal Telecom International, CITIC Pacific, and the Macau SAR government. The monopoly was partially ended in 1999 when the twenty-year build-operate-transfer franchise, granted in 1981, was extended to 2011, but only for fixed line and international gateway services. Competition with CTM's GSM 900/1800 MHz mobile services was introduced in 2001 when Hutchison and SmarTone from Hong Kong were licensed to operate GSM.

Keywords:   telecommunications, Macau, Companhia de Telecomunicações de Macau, Cable and Wireless, Portugal Telecom International, CITIC Pacific, Hutchison, SmarTone

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