Third mobile phone operator in Mozambique due to start operating on 8 January, 2012

6 December 2011

Maputo, Mozambique, 6 Dec – Mozambican mobile phone company Movitel is due to start operating on 8 January, according to Mozambican newspaper Notícias, which added that the company planned to extend access to low income people, mainly in rural areas.

A Mozambican-Vietnamese partnership has a 30 percent stake and the Viettel group controls the remaining 70 percent of what is the third mobile telephony operator in Mozambique. The operator plans to provide all services that can use a mobile telephony platform, starting with Internet access.

In its first three months of business Movitel plans to cover around 80 percent of the population, and by the fifth year it hopes to have over 10 million customers, particularly from rural areas.

Movitel announced it plans to invest at least US$400 million in Mozambique, which according to Rádio Moçambique, aims to revolutionise the mobile telephony industry, providing quality services and greater national coverage. (macauhub)