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Timor Leste (East Timor) - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

March 2021 | 72 pages | ID: TB4A040C621AEN
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Timorese government approves submarine cable link to Australia

Timor-Leste has been moving forward with the regeneration of its economy and rebuilding key infrastructure, including telecommunications networks, that were destroyed during the years of civil unrest.

Fixed-line and fixed broadband penetration in Timor-Leste remains extremely low, mainly due to the limited fixed-line infrastructure and the proliferation of mobile connectivity. However, in an effort to boost e-government services, in 2018 the government contracted Timor Telecom to build a national terrestrial fibre network. The project, completed in 2019, has helped boost fixed broadband subscriber growth and will continue to do so over the next few years. The number of subscribers through to 2026 is expected to develop steadily, though from a low base. However, market penetration will remain very low compared to other nations.

By August 2020, Timor-Leste had three telecom service providers who jointly achieved a 98% network coverage nationally. All three major mobile operators - Timor Telecom, Telkomcel and Telemor - launched LTE services during 2019.

Timor-Leste has seen a rapid increase in mobile broadband penetration over the last few years, driven by a rising proportion of mobile subscribers having smartphones. While the mobile broadband market is still at an early stage of development, strong growth is predicted over the next five years.

At the end of 2020, the government issued new policy guidelines to maximise the use of spectrum in Timor-Leste. It invited mobile operators to submit applications for the allocation of spectrum in the 1800MHz, 2300MHz and 2600MHz bands.

In November 2020, the government approved the deployment of a submarine fibre link connecting the south of the country to Australia via the North Western Cable System (NWCS).

Key developments:
  • Government approves deployment of a submarine fibre link connecting the south of the country to Australia;
  • New policy guidelines issued by the Ministry of Transport and Communications to maximise the use of radio spectrum in Timor-Leste;
  • ANC invites mobile operators to submit applications for the allocation of spectrum in the 1800MHz, 2300MHz and 2600MHz bands;
  • Kacific-1 satellite improves international connectivity for Timor-Leste;
  • Kacific Broadband Satellites Group plans its next satellite, Kacific-2;
  • Timor-Leste's three telcos achieve 98% national network coverage;
  • Report update includes ITU data to 2019, regulator market data for 2019; telcos' financial and operating data, recent market developments.
Companies covered in this report include:

Timor Telecom, Telkomcel, Telemor, Kacific Broadband Satellites, Viettel, Portugal Telecom, Ceslink, Vocus, PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia International (Telin)
1 KEY STATISTICS

2 REGIONAL ASIAN MARKET COMPARISON

3 COUNTRY OVERVIEW

4 COVID-19 AND ITS IMPACT ON THE TELECOM SECTOR

4.1 Economic considerations and responses
4.2 Subscribers
4.3 Infrastructure

5 TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET

5.1 Market overview and analysis
5.2 Strategic development plan 2011 2030
5.3 Telecom sector liberalisation

6 REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT

6.1 Regulatory authorities
6.2 Licences issued - 2012
6.3 Spectrum

7 MOBILE MARKET

7.1 Mobile statistics
7.2 Mobile broadband
7.3 Major mobile operators

8 FIXED-LINE BROADBAND MARKET

8.1 Market analysis
8.2 Broadband statistics
8.3 Fibre networks
8.4 Wi-Fi

9 DIGITAL ECONOMY

9.1 e-Commerce
9.2 e-Banking and Miicrofinance
9.3 e-Government

10 FIXED NETWORK OPERATORS

10.1 Introduction
10.2 Timor Telecom

11 TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE

11.1 National telecom network
11.2 International infrastructure

12 APPENDIX HISTORIC DATA

13 GLOSSARY OF ABBREVIATIONS

14 RELATED REPORTS

LIST OF TABLES

Table 1 Country statistics Timor-Leste (East Timor) 2020 (e)
Table 2 Timor-Leste's GDP real growth rate 2011 2020
Table 3 Key Metrics - Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) - 2021 2026
Table 4 Percentage of the population covered by type of mobile network - 2019
Table 5 Growth in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration 2011 2026
Table 6 Growth in the number of mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2011 2026
Table 7 Mobile subscribers and market share by operator 2018
Table 8 Timor Telecom's mobile subscribers 2003 2018
Table 9 Telkomcel's mobile subscribers 2013 2018
Table 10 Telemor's mobile subscribers 2013 2018
Table 11 Growth in the number of fixed broadband subscribers and penetration 2011 2026
Table 12 Internet Users and Penetration 2011 2021
Table 13 International internet bandwidth, lit/equipped international bandwidth capacity 2003 2018
Table 14 Change in the number of fixed lines in service and teledensity 2011 2026
Table 15 Historic - Mobile subscribers 1999 2006
Table 16 Historic - Mobile Subscribers and Penetration 2007 2010
Table 17 Historic - Timor Telecom total revenue 2010 2013
Table 18 Historic - Fixed broadband subscribers 2003 2011
Chart 1 Asian Telecoms Maturity Index by Market Category
Chart 2 Asian Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per capita
Chart 4 Mobile, Mobile Broadband & Fixed Broadband Penetration 2020; 2026
Chart 5 Growth in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration 2011 2026
Chart 6 Growth in the number of mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2011 2026
Chart 7 Growth in the number of fixed broadband subscribers and penetration 2011 2026
Chart 8 Change in the number of fixed lines in service and teledensity 2011 2026
Exhibit 1 Key market characteristics by market segment
Exhibit 2 South East Asia - Key Characteristics of Telecoms Markets by Country
Exhibit 3 Timor Telecom ownership changes


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