Vodacom confirms GSM rollout plans

26 Aug 2003

South African operator Vodacom has publicly announced plans to build a GSM network in Mozambique, with the intention of introducing competition into the sector within the next eight months. The telco was awarded a GSM licence last year and has spent much of the intervening period involved in protracted negotiations with monopoly wireline operator TDM and its recently spun off cellco mCel to secure interconnection agreements. The new cellco, a joint venture between Vodacom and local company Emotel, has awarded the network rollout contract to Siemens and set aside around USD260 million for launch. It aims to have a 40% share of the market within two years.