History of CTT / Macao Post > History of CTT / Macao Post
Ever since its official establishment on the 1st March 1884, besides the traditional postal services offered to the public, CTT / Macao Post has been appointed to provide various services and to perform other roles during different periods in its history. Of these roles, Postal Services and Postal Savings Services continue to be the core business of Macao Post nowadays. Other roles, such as Operator of Telecommunication Services, Regulator of Telecommunication Services and Radio Spectrum Management, Radio Broadcasting Services and Supervision of the Electric Industries Services, have passed to other companies or government bodies.
Starting in the beginning of the 21st century, in order to cope with rapid changes of technology developments, changing demand from citizens and competition from the private sector, Macao Post diversified its services. The establishment of a Public Key Infrastructure serves as a milestone for Macao Post to move its business direction towards the provision of Electronic Certificate Services (eSignTrust Certification Services). The inauguration of the Communications Museum of Macao in 2006 marks a new era for Macao Post in serving the community.
Starting its operation in a small Post Office in 1884, which was also the residence of the Director at that time, Macao Post has gradually developed to having a postal network which consists of 11 Post Offices located in different districts, a Central Post Office located in its Headquarters Building which was inaugurated in 1929, and a Mail Handling and Delivery Centre to handle the inbound and outbound distribution of mail. 36 Automatic Stamp Vending Machines and 2 Postal Kiosks are widely dispersed around the cities as well as in government & commercial buildings to serve its customers.
Different mail services have emerged during the last century. The first direct Airmail dispatch started in 1934 while Express Mail Service (EMS) was launched in 1979. Nowadays, Macao Post offers a wide range of good quality postal services, from which citizens can choose the services that best serve their needs.
Postal Savings Services was launched in 1917. In 1984, the building of Postal Savings Services was inaugurated and nowadays, its services extend not only to Deposits and Loans, but also to International Money Transfer Service in cooperation with the Philippine Postal Savings Bank and Western Union. Postal Savings is also responsible for the management of a government fund - The Housing Credit Assistance Fund.
While people are enjoying convenience in getting information and doing business via Internet, yet they are suffering from worries and alerts about the security and privacy when transacting business online. In order to relieve their hesitation to use electronic transaction, Certification Services provide a secure and reliable Public Key Infrastructure (PKI).
The Certification is a new Macau Post service, which specifically targets transactions made through computer technologies, ensuring its users Authenticity, Integrity, Non-Repudaition and Confidentiality of the transactions. This new service is, thus, of the foremost importance as an essential structure for the implementation and development of e-commerce and e-government in the MSAR.
Macau Post eSignTrust provides a series of Electronic Certificates for Signing and for Encryption for personal, government and corporate. Types of certificates include Qualified Certificate, Normalized Certificate, Encipherment Certificate and Secure Email Certificate. In addition to certificate issuance, we also provide Certificate Life Cycle Management Service such as Certificate Renewal, Suspension, Revocation and Encipherment Private Key Recovery Service, etc.
Besides, eSignTrust offers PKI Solutions such as Managed PKI Solutions, IPSec (VPN) Solutions, Time Stamping Solutions, and PKI Consulting Solutions, tailor made to the needs of government departments and companies, thus easing their concerns for online security and privacy and gaining substantially greater confidence in online transaction and information security.
The Communications Museum presents exhibitions in two big areas: Post/Philately and Telecommunications. Though the experimental and interactive features are present throughout the Museum, it is in the Telecommunications area that these features become most evident.
The Communications Museum is a place where the visitors can, simultaneously, experiment, learn and have fun.
The objectives of the Museum are as follows: to serve the Macao population, especially primary and secondary students, aiming at stimulating interest in Philatelic Collection, promoting scientific and technical knowledge of telecommunications, and making it more accessible. It is to be a place of interactivity, discovery, experimentation, satisfaction and development of the visitors' abilities in the field of telecommunications; and to be a place of divulgation of Stamp Collection techniques and of promotion of Macao Philately, both to the Macao population and the tourists that visit us.
The first Siemens F1 Step-by-Step Automatic Telephone Exchange was installed in 1929, two years after Macao Post assumed the role of Telecommunication Services Operator. In 1933, CTT / Macao Post was appointed to offer Telegram Service. Since then, in order to cope with the development of the telecommunication technology and the increasing demand from the public, new equipments were installed and new infrastructure were constructed - Submarine Cables interconnecting Macao & its two islands in 1953; Radio Station in 1961; Ericsson AFR503 Telephone Exchange in 1974; Microlink with Hong Kong in 1976, etc.
In 1981, CTM was granted the monopoly contract to provide Public Telecommunication Service in Macao by the Government which marked the end of the role as a provider of Telecommunication Services.
CTT / Macao Post began its role as Regulator of Telecommunication Services and Radio Spectrum Management in October 1981 and ended this role in June 2000. During this period, several laws and regulations were published, namely, the new Radiocommunications Legal Regime, Radiocommunications Services Administrative Regulation, etc.
The first GSM digital cellular network license was issued in 1995, whereas in 1998 and 1999, licenses were issued to Cosmos and Telesat, respectively, to provide Satellite Television Broadcasting Services.
In 1991, on behalf of Macao Government, CTT / Macao Post signed an Agreement for the Coordination of Television and Radio Broadcasting Frequencies with Guangdong Province. Another remarkable contribution was the support given to CTM to join the SEA-ME-WE-3 submarine cable international consortium in 1997.
The licensing and supervision competences of the Electric Industries Services were assigned to CTT / Macao Post in 1928, whereas the technical supervision for the establishment and exploration of electric installations from 1935 to 1985.
On August 26th, 1933, the Radio Station, located on the second floor of Macao Post's Headquarter, began its two-hours daily broadcasting. Macao Radio was formed in 1951 and managed by a Management Committee led by the Postmaster General until 1973.
History of CTT / Macao Post > History of CTT / Macao Post