27 April 2010

Government to ‘eliminate’ Timor Telecom

Suara Timor Lorosae,   April 26, 2010,   language source: Tetun - Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao has said that Timor-Leste has got proposals from Indonesian Telkom and Irish Digicel to compete in the area of telecommunication in the country in order to ‘kill’ the monopoly of Timor Telecom.

“We have accepted the proposals from Indonesian Telkom and Irish Digicel to get into Timor-Leste to compete with Timor Telecom,” he said.

Gusmao added that in 2009 his government had approved a liberalisation law for the telecommunications sector which gives more opportunities for other telecommunication companies to compete in investing in Timor-Leste.

He said that telecommunication is a very important factor in the development of the country.

Sub-district Administrator of Iliomar, Abilio Quintao, said that he supports the idea to have more than one telecommunication company in Timor-leste so that they can provide a better service for the people.

He added that many people can now afford to buy Alcatel but unable to have contact with their family members in Dili because there is no network.

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