Macau’s government has given the green-light to the territory’s sole CATV network operator Macau Cable TV to provide internet access services, Macau Business Daily reports. The permission, which was given in anticipation of licensing companies to provide triple-play TV, internet and fixed line telephony services in 2017, was included as part of the cableco’s contract renewal, effective 22 April 2014 for five years (after Macau Cable TV’s 15-year exclusivity period in the pay-TV segment ended on 21 April). Incumbent PSTN operator Companhia de Telecomunicacoes de Macau (CTM) is currently the sole fixed broadband internet provider in the Special Administrative Region (SAR). New fixed line entrant MTel is also anticipated to join the double- and triple-play sectors, and is reportedly rolling out fixed transmission infrastructure to cover 30% of households by the end of this year, whilst Macau Cable TV’s network reach should be extended to ‘60% by 2017 from about 10% now’, according to the report; CTM’s fixed network already has virtually blanket coverage of Macau.
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