Mozambique: Mozambique’s mcel invests US$70 million in improving its network

7 July 2008

Maputo, Mozambique, 7 July – Mozambican telecommunications company Moçambique Celular (Mcel), the longest-standing mobile telecommunications company in the country, plans to invest US$70 million on its network infrastructure throughout 2008, to further consolidate its position in the Mozambican telecoms market.

According to a statement, the investment plan announced is intended to put into place the strategic objectives of mcel, which is the main mobile operator in Mozambique, and has around 3 million subscribers, or around 70 percent of the Mozambican mobile phone market.

Some 110 new base stations are due to be installed in areas already covered by the network in order that teh company can have greater capacity for access to the network, with a direct impact on the level of service provided.

These new stations are part of a lot of over 200 base stations due to be installed in 2008 and which will, as well as substantially improving the quality of the signal and services provided to the company’s customers, allow the introduction of new Technologies, which will make it possible to launch innovative services on the market, such as the third generation (3G) network and mobile broadband services.

Mcel’s 3G network will initially cover the cities of Maputo and Matola and, later, the cities of Beira, Nampula, Tete and Nacala, providing broadband access and new applications for companies and individuals covered by the company’s network. (macauhub)