Timor-Leste Monopoly Mobile Market Broken
Published on: 20th Jan 2013
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The monopoly enjoyed by Timor Telecom in Timor Leste (East Timor) since the country's independence in 2001 has been broken after a new network launched. The network Telin is owned by the Indonesian state owned telco PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom).
Telin plans to spend USD50 million on its initial network launch, PT Telkom's President, Arief Yahya told local media during the launch event.
The company has already deployed 30 base stations, all in the capital city, Dili and plans to deploy a further 80 base stations by the end of April, giving it coverage of 95% of the population.
The company expects to sign up at least 4,000 subscribers this year, although 20,000 applied to test the network during a recent free trial.
The country currently has around 600,000 mobile subscribers, out of a population of 1 million.
Digicel has also been granted a license in the country - brining the market to three competing companies.