Movitel confirms January 2012 launch date

Telecoms

Mozambique's third mobile operator Movitel announced plans to start operations on 8 January 2012. The company will be rolling out various packages, but will also focus on low-income customers in rural areas. The Vietnamese company Viettel controls 70 percent of Movitel, with the remainder in the hands of local investors.

Macauhub reports that Movitel plans to cover 80 percent of the population and to invest at least USD 400 million in its first five years of operation. By the end of this period it expects to have around 10 million clients.

According to Radio Mocambique, Movitel wants to "revolutionise" the mobile telephony industry in the country, to date dominated by Mcel and Vodacom. Movitel promises that it will concentrate on the rural areas and will be highly price competitive. Movitel is also promising free services to the Ministry of Education. It will provide internet access free to 4,500 state schools (32 percent of the total general, technical and teacher training ¬schools in the country).