Viettel Group adds Swaziland to list of prospective markets

23 May 2013

In an interview with Vietnam Investment Review, Viettel’s deputy general director Duong Van Tinh named Swaziland as a market in which it is keen to secure a mobile licence. South Africa-based MTN currently has a monopoly in the southern African country, launching commercial services in December 1998.

According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, in February 2013 the International Monetary Fund (IMF) urged the Swazi government to press ahead with an international tender for a second mobile licence as a means of boosting the economy. The issue was previously put forward in August 2011 when four unnamed companies, which were collectively based in Israel, Kenya and South Africa, submitted proposals to the Swaziland Investment Promotions Authority (SIPA) regarding their would-be mobile launches.

Eswatini, Viettel Group