Mozambique to get third cellco

16 Dec 2008

The government of Mozambique is to launch a tender for the country’s third cellular concession in the first half of next year. ‘There is a market. At the moment we are just putting the bidding documents together; we hope to launch an international tender before June 20, 2009’, government minister Paulo Zucula told Reuters. ‘There are 20 million people in Mozambique and only a fraction have access to the mobile phone network, so there is … space for growth and I’m sure that any company that would get the new licence will flourish soon,’ Zucula added. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, Mozambique is currently home to two cellular operators: state-backed mCel, which has around 3.5 million customers, and the local subsidiary of South Africa’s Vodacom, with around 1.3 million clients.