Telecomunicações de Moçambique posts loss of US$3 million due to faults in the fibre optic network

19 August 2010

Maputo, Mozambique, 19 Aug – The loss recently posted by Mozambican telecommunications company Telecomunicações de Moçambique (TdM) as a result of faults in the fibre optic network totals US$3 million, the chairman of the company said in Maputo.

Cited by Mozambican newspaper Notícias, Joaquim de Carvalho said that the problem was also related to construction work in the locations where the network ran, vandalism, weather conditions and normal faults, which led to restrictions in communications on the fixed-line and and mobile networks in the centre and nroth of the country.

In order to minimise the impact of cuts and faults, Carvalho said, TdM is investing in a redundancy project which will make it possible, when an anomaly occurs, to make an automatic alternative link for traffic to continue flowing.

“Since the start of execution of the fibre optic network on land and in the sea, in the year 2000, TdM has invested US$110 million, US$27 million of which are being applied to the redundancy project,” Carvalho said.

TdM’s fibre optic network is not only used by fixed and mobile telephony operators, but also by the State, financial institutions, companies and by neighbouring countries such as Malawi, Zimbabwe and Swaziland. (macauhub)