19 companies interested in tender for Mozambique’s third mobile phone operator

6 May 2010

Maputo, Mozambique, 6 May – Nineteen Mozambican and foreign companies have acquired specifications for the international public tender to award Mozambique’s third mobile telephone operator’s licence, the director-general of the country’s National Communications Institute (INCM) has announced.

Among companies showing interest in the tender are Zain of Kuwait, Portugal Telecom and France Telecom.

Speaking on Wednesday in Maputo, Américo Muchanga said that the number of potential bidding companies was “very positive”, adding that it went beyond initial INCM expectations.

The INCM held on Wednesday a preliminary conference on the public tender to award a third mobile telephone operator’s licence. There are indications that the number of potential bidders may rise, as the deadline for submitting bids is this coming 21 June.

Figures disclosed on the occasion indicate that the mobile telephone company Mcel – Moçambique Celular earned revenues of more than US$270 million in 2008, while the competitor Vodacom took in US$100 million in the same period.

The two current operators have also increased their investment. Vodacom invested nearly US$320 million from 2003 to 2008, versus Mcel’s US$281.9 million in the same period.

Mozambique currently counts nearly 6 million subscribers, of whom about 3.5 million are customers of Mcel and 2.5 million of Vodacom. The cellular mobile telephone penetration rate is about 29.1 percent.

The population of Mozambique stands at 22 million inhabitants. (macauhub)