Cabinet orders mobile tender

15 Jul 2009

The Mozambique cabinet has ordered that regulators begin preparations for the launch of an international tender for the country’s third national mobile licence, Bloomberg reports. As reported by CommsUpdate on 17 April, the Instituto Nacional das Comunicacoes (INCM) delayed the original tender citing financial and technical difficulties after the two existing mobile service providers, state-owned mCel and Vodacom Mozambique, raised objections to the proposal. Luis Covane, spokesman for the Cabinet, said, ‘There is space for the entry of a third mobile network operator and after this authorisation, work related its entry should begin immediately.’ According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, Mozambique’s mobile market grew by 30% in 2008, ending the year with 4.4 million subscribers and a wireless penetration rate of 20%.