Mozambique: Government liberalises fixed-line telephony market

18 June 2008

Maputo, Mozambique, 18 June – The Mozambican government plans to license new operators for the fixed-line telephony market after at the end of last year bringing an end to the state monopoly of Telecomunicações de Moçambique (TDM), the minister for Transport and Communications said Tuesday.

Speaking to journalists in Maputo, Paulo Zucula said that the government aimed to encourage Mozambican and foreign companies to invest in fixed-line telephony and even said that if a company presented a proposal it would immediately be approved.

The fixed-line telecommunications market in Mozambique has suffered due to high costs and delays in setting up a telephone line and to competition from mobile telecommunications, which were introduced over a decade ago.

TDM currently has just 78,000 fixed-lien customer, as compared to 3 million mobile service subscribers. (macauhub)