Mozambique preparing for 4G spectrum award

27 Jul 2018

The National Communications Institute of Mozambique (Instituto Nacional de Comunicacoes de Mocambique, INCM) says an auction of 4G-capable spectrum in the 800MHz, 1800MHz and 2600MHz bands could happen within the next two to three months. Incumbent cellcos Vodacom, mCel and Movitel have so far only launched 2G and 3G services, although the country’s first unified telecoms licence was awarded to Vodacom this week, allowing it to use its existing spectrum allocation to also add 4G technology.

The regulator acknowledges, however, that additional frequencies will be required to support a reliable 4G service for all three operators. A report from Verdade cites INCM director general Americo Muchanga as saying: ‘At this point the spectrum that operators have is not enough to implement an integrated 4G service.’