Mozambique’s third mobile phone operator to be announced within 2 weeks

25 October 2010

Maputo, Mozambique, 25 Oct – The Mozambican government should this week finish examining bids in the international public tender for the country’s third mobile telephone operator, Transport and Communications Minister Paulo Zucula said in Maputo.

The tender winner should be known by the first week of November, Zucula told the Maputo-based daily Noticias.

The companies’ technical proposals were first evaluated by the National Communications Institute, as regulatory authority, a process in which the bidders themselves were present.

Three bidders remain in the last stage of the tender: Movitel, a consortium led by the Vietnamese company Vietel; Angola’s Unitel; and Portugal Telecom.

In Mozambique mobile phone service is offered by two companies: mCel, with strong backing by public capital; and the private Vodacom. They share a customer field estimated at around 6 million people. (macauhub)