Macau: Government launches tender for fourth 3G mobile phone license

4 March 2009

Macau, China, 4 March – The Macau government Tuesday announced it had launched a tender for a fourth third generation (3G) mobile telephone services license, according to an executive order signed by Macau’s Chief Executive Edmund Ho Hau Wah.

Macau currently has 915,000 mobile phones, according to a report from news agency MacauNews.

Proposals for the new license must be put forward by 30 April.

The proposals are due to be opened on 4 May, followed by a maximum period of 6 months until the Government’s final decision is made.

Macau currently has 220,000 3G mobile telephone subscribers, which account for some 25 percent of total subscribers, which is the reason why the Government “believes that there is still room for one more license,” said Tou Veng Keong the director of Telecommunications Regulation Services.

The fourth license will be granted less than two years after the first three licenses were granted.

Macau’s Companhia de Telecomunicações (CTM), Hutchison and China Telecom are the three current 3G operators. (macauhub)