Mobile phone users in Cape Verde rise three-fold between 2006 and 2009

10 February 2010

Praia, Cape Verde, 10 Feb – the liberalisation of the Cape Verdean telecommunications sector in 2006 made it possible for the number of mobile phone subscribers to rise three-fold from 100,000 to around 300,000, a government source said Tuesday.

Manuel Inocêncio Sousa, the Cape Verdean minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Telecommunications noted the “strong growth dynamic” in the sector which, as well as mobile telephony also includes other services such as the Internet, subscription television and voice services over the Internet.

“In three years we have doubled or tripled the number of telecommunications services due to the drive provided by liberalisation,” noted Inocêncio cited by cape Verdean news agency Inforpress.

In the same period, he said, the total number of subscription television contracts had risen five-fold from 1,300 to around 7,000, whilst the number of Internet subscribers had doubled, rising from 7,000 to 15,000 users.

The National Communications Agency (ANAC) has launched a tender for third and fourth generation networks, a process that is expected to be concluded in 2011, having said there is space for an operator other than “T Mais.” (macauhub)