Mozambican mobile operator, mCel extends coverage to North of the country

20 June 2006

Maputo, Mozambique, 20 June – Mozambican mobile telecommunications operator, mCel, the country’s largest, said it would extend its coverage to the northern provinces of Zambezia and Nampula.

On Monday, according to information published by mCel, new re-transmission equipment went into operation which will be the bridge between Quelimane and Mocuba, in Zambezia province, over a stretch of some 160 kilometers.

The ceremony organized by the state-owned company, which has 1.5 million customers, was attended by provincial governor, Carvalho Muária.

The new link that has been opened crosses the districts of Nicodala and Amacurra, and is scheduled to continue onto Mocuba and Alto Molócue.

mCel’s main competitor is currently Vodacom, a subsidiary of the South African operator of the same name and which is controlled by multinational company Vodafone.

Last year, Vodacom increased its number of customers by 84.9 percent to 490,000. (macauhub)