East Timor to soon have 2 more mobile phone operators

16 April 2012

The government of East Timor has launched a public tender to grant two mobile telephony licences following the agreement reached last March with Timor Telecom to end the company’s monopoly on 10 April 2012, the international press reports.

In a step toward market liberalisation, interested companies can compete for two 15-year licences that will allow use of frequencies in the 900 and 1800 MHz and 2.1 GHz bands.

On the occasion, the government announced that manifestations of interest must be submitted by 23 April and the tender bids delivered by 23 May.

Besides the tender, East Timor’s government also approved a decree-law on telecommunications concerning creation of the National Communications Authority, which will replace the current Communications Regulatory Authority. (macauhub)