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

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

Fixed-line infrastructure remains limited in Timor Leste and significant fixed-line investment has been limited due to the strong expansion of mobile services in the country. As mobile services allowed reasonably rapid and effective coverage of key parts of the country, the pressure to expand fixed services decreased.

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. Despite the considerable energy that has been going into this rebuilding, the prevailing social and political environment continues to present major challenges to those seeking to improve the country.

The Timorese government launched a new national terrestrial optical fibre network, aimed to boost e-government services.

Australian telco Vocus Group is reportedly interested in partnering with the Timor-Leste government for the potential deployment of a submarine fibre-optic link connecting the south of the country to the North Western Cable System (NWCS).

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. Timor Telecom was contracted for the supply, installation and configuration of a fibre-optic network. This will help to fuel stronger growth over the next few years. Over the next five years to 2023 the market is expected to grow very strongly but overall market penetration will remain extremely low compared to other nations.

All three major mobile operators: Timor Telecom, Telkomcel and Telemor launched 4G LTE services and their rollouts continued during 2019.

A local consortium has submitted an application to become the country's fourth telecoms operator. Ceslink intends to offer high-quality, high-speed and affordable telecoms services in all areas of the country.

Slow to moderate growth is predicted over the next five years to 2023 in the mobile subscriber market. It 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 2023.

Key developments:

All three major mobile operators: Timor Telecom, Telkomcel and Telemor continue to roll-out 4G LTE services.
A local consortium has submitted an application to become the country's fourth telecoms operator.
The Timorese government launched a new national terrestrial optical fibre network.
Vocus Group is interested in partnering with the local government for deployment of a submarine fibre-optic link
Fixed broadband penetration in Timor Leste remains extremely low, but recently expanded.
There has seen a very rapid increase in mobile broadband penetration over the past five years.


  • Executive Summary
  • Key statistics
    • Table Country statistics Timor Leste (East Timor) –2018 (e)
    • Table Telephone network statistics – 2018 (e)
    • Table Internet user statistics – 2018 (e)
    • Table Broadband statistics – 2018 (e)
    • Table Mobile statistics – 2018 (e)
    • Table National telecommunications authorities
  • Country overview
    • Table Timor Leste's GDP real growth rate – 2004 – 2018
  • Telecommunications market
    • MARKET OVERVIEW AND ANALYSIS
      • Table Key Metrics - Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) - 2018 – 2023
      • Table Percentage of Population Covered by Type of Mobile Network
    • REGIONAL MARKET COMPARISON
    • STRATEGIC DEVELOPMENT PLAN 2011 – 2030
    • LIBERALISATION OF TELECOM SECTOR
  • Regulatory environment
    • NATIONAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS POLICY
    • AUTORIDADE REGULADORA DAS COMUNICACOES (ARCOM)
    • AUTORIDADE NACIONAL DE COMMUNICAÇÕ ES (ANC)
    • LICENCES ISSUED IN 2012
  • Fixed network operators
    • BACKGROUND
    • TIMOR TELECOM
      • Table Historic - Timor Telecom – total revenue – 2010 – 2013
  • Telecommunications infrastructure
    • NATIONAL TELECOM NETWORK
      • Table Fixed Line Subscriptions and Penetration – 2007 – 2018
      • Satellite Broadband Network
    • INTERNATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Introduction
      • Satellite networks
      • Submarine cable
  • Fixed-line broadband market
    • BACKGROUND
    • FIXED BROADBAND MARKET STATISTICS AND FORECAST
      • Table Fixed Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) –2007 – 2023
      • Table Historic - Fixed broadband subscribers – 2003 – 2011
      • Table Internet Users and Penetration – 2007 – 2018
      • Table Historic - Internet users – 2005 – 2011
      • Table International Internet Bandwidth, Lit/Equipped International Bandwidth capacity – 2003 – 2018
  • Fixed Broadband Technologies
    • FIBRE NETWORKS
    • WIFI
  • Mobile market
    • BACKGROUND
    • MOBILE STATISTICS AND FORECAST
      • Table Mobile Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) –2007 – 2023
      • Table Historic - Mobile subscribers – 1999 – 2006
    • MOBILE BROADBAND STATISTICS AND MARKET FORECAST
      • Table Mobile Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) –2013 – 2023
  • Major mobile operators
    • MOBILE OPERATOR STATISTICS
      • Table Mobile subscribers and market share by operator – 2018
    • TIMOR TELECOM
      • Table Timor Telecom's mobile subscribers – 2003 – 2018
    • TELIN (TELKOMCEL)
      • Table Telin (Telkomcel) mobile subscribers – 2013 – 2018
    • TELEMOR
      • Table Telemor's mobile subscribers – 2013 – 2018
    • NEW FOURTH OPERATOR
  • Digital economy
    • E-COMMERCE
    • E-BANKING
    • E-GOVERNMENT
  • Digital Media
    • BROADCASTING
    • COMMUNICATIONS: VOIP, MESSAGING, CONFERENCING
      • VoIP
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