The Macau Telecommunications Company (CTM) has finished installation of the 4G mobile network, a project in which it applied 600 million patacas (US$75 million), the company indicated in a statement released on Friday.
CTM, along with China Telecom, Smartone and Hutchinson, was one of the four companies chosen to install and operate a 4G network in Macau. It also announced that improvements had been made to services in 3G and 2G; those networks will remain active in the territory.
The Bureau of Telecommunications Regulation stipulated that the four operators’ 4G operations would have to begin in 2015, with a coverage rate of at least 50 percent, and the remaining 50 percent guaranteed in early 2016.
CTM’s vice-president for network services, Declan Leong Pui Hong, said the fully installed 4G network is now undergoing a “fine-tuning” process, guaranteeing the company 98 percent territorial coverage when it enters service and data reception speed of 112 Mbps (megabits per second).
CTM is Macau’s oldest telecoms company. Its current shareholders are the Chinese group CITIC Telecom International, with 99 percent, and Correios de Macau, with 1 percent. (Macauhub/MO)