Study about third mobile phone operator in Mozambique published this year

4 June 2007

Maputo, Mozambique, 4 June – The Mozambican National Communications Institute (INCM), the telecommunications regulator, will this year present the government the results of a study of the impact of introducing a third mobile operator to the country.

Speaking to Portuguese news agency Lusa Friday, the president of the INCM, Salomão Manhiça, said that his institute was still carrying out the study.

Two mobile telecommunications companies currently operate in Mozambique: Mcel, which is state owned and which has 2 million national customers, and Vodacom, a South African and Mozambican consortium, with around 1 million customers.

The former began operating 10 years ago, while the latter has been operating since 2003.

If the study’s results are positive, the opening up of the mobile market will depend on the approval by the Mozambican government of a new framework with the aim of responding to potential requests for operating a new mobile phone network. (macauhub)