Mozambican mobile operator, mCel to use UMTS technology

19 September 2006

Maputo, Mozambique, 19 Sept – Mozambican mobile telecommunications operator, mCel, the country’s largest, is set to move on to using UMTS/3G technology (Universal Mobile Telecommunications Services), and will provide data as well as voice services, according to local press reports.

The 3G license was handed over to the operator Monday by Mozambique’s National Communications Institute, the pres said.

The new technology will allow the transmission of data as well as voice at a speed of up to 2 megabytes per second.

The mobile carrier will thus be able to offer access to the Internet, information, shopping, multimedia entertainment, faxes and email.

MCel, which is owned by Telecomunicações de Moçambique (TDM), had over a million customers last year, or 55 percent more than at the end of 2004, and its market share rose to 70 percent.

The operator’s network coverage increased to 48 percent, in geographic terms, and now covers 70 percent of the population.

In 2005 the company posted turnover of US$126.99 million and operating profit of US$14.3 million.

In order to compete with mCel and South Africa’s Vodacom, the government of Mozambique may soon grant a third mobile telecommunications license, according to a recent statement from the country’s minister of Transport and Communications, António Munguambe. (macauhub)