Mobile Casinos in Macau
Lacking the necessary regulatory framework, Macau has no homegrown online casinos and therefore no mobile casinos either. Residents must turn to foreign mobile casinos if they wish to gamble on the go. This activity is not illegal, merely unregulated.
Macau has a huge, 275% mobile penetration rate, though that number includes those purchased by tourists during their stay, and therefore the number is seriously skewed. Nevertheless, local mobile use is definitely strong.
About half of the subscribers use CTM, a third of them are served by 3, with the rest divided between China Telecom and SmarTone. As of early 2013 nearly 8 out of 10 people use smartphones, but that average number includes babies and small children as well. It is therefore safe to say that for all practical purposes, every adult in Macau has a smartphone.
The country’s 2G network will be shut down in 2015, as transition to 3G will have been completed by then. Network operators are meanwhile experimenting with 4G.
Enthusiastic about gambling, but limited in their choices online, while possessing a very good communication infrastructure – these factors combine to drive up traffic from Macau at mobile casinos hosted around the world.