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

Executive summary

Strong Growth in the Timor-Leste’s mobile market continues however other telco sectors remain challenged

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 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.

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. Penetration has not exceeded 0.3% over the past decade. As mobile services allowed reasonably rapid and effective coverage of key part of the country, the pressure to expand fixed services decreased.

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.

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.
  • Table of Contents

    • 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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Last updated 14 Nov 2017
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Analyst: Phil Harpur

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