Mozambican mobile phone operator Movitel starts operating on an experimental basis

10 January 2012

Maputo, Mozambique, 10 Jan – Movitel, Mozambique’s third mobile telephone operator, has started operating on an experimental basis across the country, around a year after receiving its license, the company said in a statement published in Maputo.

Cited by Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias, the statement also said that Movitel had an infrastructure made up of 1,000 second and third generation (2G and 3G) base stations as well as 5,500 kilometres of fibre optic cables covering all of Mozambique’s provinces and cities.

The company, which paid US$29 million for its license joins Moçambique Celular and Vodacom, two operators that together have over 7 million customers across Mozambique.

Movitel, which is a consortium made up of Vietnamese telecom company Viettel (70 percent) and Mozambique’s SPI (30 percent) was, in 2010, awarded the international tender launched by the Mozambican government for a third mobile phone operator, beating companies such as Portugal Telecom, TMM and Uni-Telecomunicações. (macauhub)