Mozambican mobile phone operator Movitel to start operating in January, 2012

18 August 2011

Maputo, Mozambique, 18 Aug – New Mozambican mobile phone operator, Movitel, is due to start operating in January 2012, Vietnam’s ambassador to Mozambique, Dang Giang, said. Viettel Telecom, the partner of Mozambique’s SPI is based in Vietnam.

Cited by Mozambican newspaper, Notícias, the ambassador gave assurances that progress was being made to ensure that deadlines agreed with both the Mozambican and Vietnamese sides would be met.

On the sidelines of a seminar on the role of communications in rural development, promoted by the Mozambique National Communications Institute, the technical director of Movitel, Huynh Quang Nghia, said that fibre optics and antennas were currently being installed and added that when the company starts operating it would cover 95 percent of Mozambique.

“Movitel plans to start operating with substantial coverage of the country’s 128 districts and in January there will be 95 percent coverage, two to three months later we will have coverage if 100 percent,” said the company’s technical director.

The company, which will operate with the 86 prefix, will compete with mCel and Vodacom, of South African group Vodacom, controlled by the Vodafone group. (macauhub)