Teledensity rises on back of mobile expansion

4 Dec 2008

Mozambique’s Minister of Transport and Communications, Paulo Zucula, reported overall teledensity rose to 20.6% by mid-2008. Zucula attributed the increase to the exponential growth in mobile phone usage, claiming the number of mobile subscribers has increased from just under 610,500 in 2004 to 4.22 million by mid-2008. Mobile networks now reach 109 of Mozambique’s 128 districts, compared with 73 in 2004, equating to 85% coverage. The fixed network has also grown, but only slightly. Zucula said that in 2004 there were 75,256 subscribers and this figure rose to 78,324 in the first half of 2008, which was explained by geographical expansion. Fixed line operator TDM’s network currently covers 116 districts, compared to 68 in 2004. The main telecoms infrastructure in the country is the fibre-optic grid. Zucula said the grid, installation of which began in 2001, will be complete in early 2009 when the cables reach the two northernmost provincial capitals, Pemba and Lichinga.