Vodacom Mozambique takes over 22 cell sites under universal service fund

12 Nov 2019

Mozambique’s Communications Regulatory Authority (Autoridade Reguladora das Comunicacoes, ARECOM) has transferred the operation of 22 mobile network sites to local cellco Vodacom. The sites were originally set up by rival operator TMCEL under the country’s Universal Service Access Fund (Fundo do Servico de Acesso Universal, FSAU). The regulator said, however, that the locations were not operational under TMCEL and invited bids to take over their contract under a ten-year deal. Vodafone is expected to assume responsibility for the 22 towers by mid-2020 and has agreed to invest around MZN250 million (USD3.9 million) to bring the sites into operation.