Vodacom Mozambique (VM), the country’s second largest mobile operator by subscribers, has confirmed that it intends to invest around USD16 million in the expansion and modernisation of its network over the next three-to-four years. According to AllAfrica.com, Chinese telecoms vendor Huawei Technologies has been awarded the contract to upgrade the cellco’s network. Announcing the news at a press conference in Maputo, VM chairman Jose Dos Santos said: ‘This partnership falls within Vodacom’s strategy to always offer the best quality network, to improve continually the experience of our clients in using the network, and allow them to benefit from a service of excellence, with more modern technologies. We shall replace our entire network, replacing the equipment which is in the masts. This will double the capacity of our network. It will be possible to double the number of calls made on our network. This partnership will also allow users of the internet service to enjoy greater speed in the transmission of data and multimedia services in real time. It will become the largest network with 3G technology in the country’.
Under the terms of the agreement, by the end of year one Huawei will have deployed around 100 new 2G base transceiver stations (BTS) and 200 3G cell towers, with the number of 2G BTS rising to 400 when the expansion programme concludes in four years time. At that date Vodacom will have cellular coverage of all 128 administrative districts of the country.