Macau government to grant three 3G mobile phone licenses

25 April 2006

Macau, China, 25 April – The Macau government will grant three licenses for third generation mobile telephony by October 25, Tou Veng Keong, coordinator of the Office for the Development of Telecommunications and Information Technology said Monday.

In a press conference, Tou Veng said that the tender, launched when the Official Bulletin was published, sets a six-month deadline for granting the three IMT-2000 licenses.

A fourth license may be offered in the two years following the issue of licenses in the first stage of the tender, he said.

Proposals from telecommunications operators must be presented to the Office by July 28.

Currently, Macau has four telephone companies operating in the market, three of which use GSM technology – Companhia de Telecomunicações de Macau, Hutchison and Smart Tone – and one using CDMA technology – China Unicom which only provides services for travelers.

Macau newspaper Tribuna de Macau said in Tuesday’s edition that China Unicom and Smart Tone had already stated their interest in obtaining a 3G license in this tender. (macauhub)