Macau Communications - 2021


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Telephones - fixed lines

total subscriptions: 119,355

subscriptions per 100 inhabitants: 19.55 (2019 est.)

Telephones - mobile cellular

total subscriptions: 2,108,274

subscriptions per 100 inhabitants: 345.33 (2019 est.)

Telecommunication systems

general assessment:

Macau’s sophisticated telecom market boasts one of the highest mobile penetration rates in the world due to high tourism; liberalized market is managed by independent regulator with effective competition in the mobile market; modern communication facilities maintained for domestic and international services; high mobile subscriber numbers and mobile penetration; offering 4G, LTE services and first phase of 5G network rollout; possible synchronizing with neighboring regions; Macau's smart city project spans areas of transportation, medical services, tourism, and e-government; importer of broadcast and video equipment from China (2021)


domestic: fixed-line 20 per 100 and mobile-cellular 345 per 100 persons (2019)

international: country code - 853; landing point for the SEA-ME-WE-3 submarine cable network that provides links to Asia, Africa, Australia, the Middle East, and Europe; HF radiotelephone communication facility; satellite earth station - 1 Intelsat (Indian Ocean) (2019)

note: the COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a significant impact on production and supply chains globally; since 2020, some aspects of the telecom sector have experienced downturn, particularly in mobile device production; many network operators delayed upgrades to infrastructure; progress towards 5G implementation was postponed or slowed in some countries; consumer spending on telecom services and devices was affected by large-scale job losses and the consequent restriction on disposable incomes; the crucial nature of telecom services as a tool for work and school from home became evident, and received some support from governments

Broadcast media

local government dominates broadcast media; 2 television stations operated by the government with one broadcasting in Portuguese and the other in Cantonese and Mandarin; 1 cable TV and 4 satellite TV services available; 3 radio stations broadcasting, of which 2 are government-operated (2019)

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Internet users

total: 508,052

percent of population: 83.79% (July 2018 est.)

Broadband - fixed subscriptions

total: 193,057

subscriptions per 100 inhabitants: 32 (2018 est.)

NOTE: The information regarding Macau on this page is re-published from the 2021 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency and other sources. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Macau 2021 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Macau 2021 should be addressed to the CIA or the source cited on each page.

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