Mozambique: Telecommunications company takes fibre-optic cables to all provinces

21 April 2008

Maputo, Mozambique, 21 April – Mozambique’s ten provincial capitals will be linked by a fibre-optic communications cable by the end of this year, the chairman of state telecommunications company, TDM, Joaquim de Carvalho said in Maputo Friday.

According to Carvalho, teh fibre-optic cable will be installed in Nampula by the end of April and, between June and July in Tete, and the cities of Lichinga (Niassa) and Pemba (Cabo Delgado) will both be dealt with by December.

Carvalho made the announcement during a visit to the commpany by Transport Minsiter, Paulo Zucula, who wanted to get an overview of the company’s work.

TDM’s chairman said that the company would be able to take fixed line telephony to all district capitals by 2010, using its own funds, but that this could be achieved sooner if it had the support of cooperation partners.

Carvalho also said that this move would also mean providing district capitals with Internet services, considering that currently there were district capitals that have fixed line voice services, but don’t yet have Internet services.

At the same time, a regional project known as Eastern African Submarine Cable System is under way, which aims to connect the sub-continent to the rest of the world via a fibre-optic cable. (macauhub)