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


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

Timor-Leste has been pressing ahead with the regeneration of its economy and the rebuilding of infrastructure. The effort to roll out telecommunications infrastructure in particular has been a key part of this.

Fixed-line infrastructure remains limited in Timor Leste and any expectation of an early upturn in fixed-line investment has been pretty much quashed by the runaway expansion of mobile services in the country. As mobile services allowed reasonably rapid and effective coverage of key part of the country, the pressure to expand fixed services decreased.

The fixed line market is predicted to grow slowly to moderately to strongly over the next five years to 2022.

Fixed broadband penetration in Timor Leste remains extremely low mainly due to a limited number of fixed lines as well as the dominance of the mobile platform. However the market has grown strongly over the past five years from a very small base. Over the next five years to 2022 growth is expected to continue but overall market penetration will remain extremely low.

The mobile sector was boosted by the launch of networks by two new operators in 2013. Market growth slowed down to some degree however in the 2015-17 period due to a maturing market. During 2017 all three major mobile operators: Timor Telecom, Telkomcel and Telemor launched 4G LTE services. Slow to moderate growth mobile subscriber growth is predicted over the next five years to 2022. The market will be constrained from higher growth due to strong local competition and a maturing market.

Timor Leste has seen a very rapid increase in mobile broadband penetration over the past five years driven by a rising level of mobile subscribers with smartphones. However the mobile broadband market is still at an early stage of development. Strong growth is predicted over the next five years to 2022 following the launch of 4G LTE services by all the three mobile operators.

Key developments:

Brazilian telecoms company Oi received authorisation for the sale of Timor Telecom (TT) to Investel Communications Limited.

All three major mobile operators: Timor Telecom, Telkomcel and Telemor launched 4G LTE services.

Fixed broadband penetration in Timor Leste remains extremely low.

There has seen a very rapid increase in mobile broadband penetration over the past five years.

Strong growth is predicted over the next five years to 2022 in the mobile broadband market.


1. Executive summary
2. Key statistics
3. Country overview
3.1 Background
3.2 Economy
4. Telecommunications market
4.1 Market Overview and Analysis
4.2 Strategic Development Plan 2011 2030
4.3 Liberalisation of telecom sector
5. Regulatory environment
5.1 National telecommunications policy
5.2 Autoridade Reguladora das Comunicacoes (ARCOM)
5.3 Autoridade Nacional de Communicações (ANC)
5.4 Licences issued in 2012
6. Fixed network operators
6.1 Background
6.2 Timor Telecom
7. Telecommunications infrastructure
7.1 National telecom network
7.1.1 Satellite Broadband Network
7.2 International infrastructure
7.2.1 Introduction
7.2.2 Satellite networks
7.2.3 Submarine cable
8. Internet Statistics and Market Forecast
9. Fixed-line broadband market
9.1 Background
9.2 Market Statistics and Forecast
10. Mobile market
10.1 Background
10.2 Mobile statistics and Forecast
10.3 Mobile Broadband and Market Forecast
11. Major mobile operators
11.1 Mobile Operator Statistics
11.2 Timor Telecom
11.2.1 Ownership Changes
11.3 Telin (Telkomcel)
11.4 Telemor
12. Digital economy
12.1 e-Commerce
12.2 e-Banking
12.3 e-Government
13. Digital Media
13.1 Broadcasting
13.2 Communications: VoIP, messaging, conferencing
13.2.1 VoIP
14. Related reports
Table 1 Country statistics Timor Leste (East Timor) 2017 (e)
Table 2 Telephone network statistics 2017 (e)
Table 3 Internet user statistics 2017 (e)
Table 4 Broadband statistics 2017 (e)
Table 5 Mobile statistics 2017 (e)
Table 6 National telecommunications authorities
Table 7 Timor Leste's GDP real growth rate 2004 - 2017
Table 8 Key Metrics - Compound Annual Growth Rates (CAGR) - 2017 - 2022
Table 9 Percentage of Population Covered by Type of Mobile Network
Table 10 Historic - Timor Telecom total revenue 2010 - 2013
Table 11 Fixed Line Subscriptions and Penetration (with Forecast) 2007 - 2022
Table 12 Internet Users and Penetration (with Forecast) 2007 - 2022
Table 13 Historic - Internet users 2005 - 2011
Table 14 FIxed Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) 2007 - 2022
Table 15 Historic - Fixed broadband subscribers 2003 - 2011
Table 16 International Internet Bandwidth capacity 2003 - 2017
Table 17 Mobile Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) 2007 - 2022
Table 18 Historic - Mobile subscribers 1999 2006
Table 19 Mobile Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) 2013 - 2022
Table 20 Mobile subscribers and market share by operator 2017
Table 21 Historic - 3G mobile subscribers and market share by operator June 2015
Table 22 Timor Telecom's mobile subscribers 2003 - 2017
Table 23 Telin (Telkomcel) mobile subscribers 2013 - 2017
Table 24 Telemor's mobile subscribers 2013 - 2017
Chart 1 Fixed Line & Mobile Penetration 2017; 2022
Chart 2 Internet, Fixed Broadband & Mobile Broadband Penetration 2017; 2022
Chart 3 Fixed Line Subscriptions and Penetration (with Forecast) 2007 - 2022
Chart 4 Internet Users and Penetration (with Forecast) 2007 - 2022
Chart 5 Percentage of Households with Internet Access at Home (with Forecast) - 2007 - 2022
Chart 6 Percentage of Households with a Computer (with Forecast) - 2007 - 2022
Chart 7 Fixed Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) 2007 - 2022
Chart 8 Mobile Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) 2007 - 2022
Chart 9 Mobile Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) 2009 - 2022

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