Mozambique: Mozambican government to launch international tender for 3rd mobile operator in 2009

17 December 2008

Maputo, Mozambique, 17 Dec – The government of Mozambique in the first half of 2009 plans to launch an international tender to grant the country’s third mobile telephony license, the Mozambican press reported.

Mozambique’s transport and communications minister, Paulo Zucula said that the process was being prepared and the tender would be launched before 20 June, 2009.

There are currently two mobile phone operators in Mozambique, state-owned Mcel and South Africa’s Vodacam, in which Vodafone has a majority stake.

Vodacom Mozambique, which has been operating in Mozambique for the last five years, has 1.3 million subscribers and Mcel, which was set up in 1997, has 3.5 million customers.

“There are 20 million people in Mozambique and just a small fraction have Access to mobile phone and thus there is great potential for growth for a new operator, which will certainly have great potential for expansion,” said the minister.

News agency Reuters reported Friday that the parties potentially interested in the third mobile license included South Africa’s MTN and Kuwait’s Zain, as well as other European and Asian companies that plan to enter the African market. (macauhub)