New deals to cover Mozambique’s underserved areas

Telecoms

The Instituto Nacional de Comunicacoes de Mocambique (INCM) has signed contracts with telcos mCel and Movitel on universal access services in 50 underserved areas.

INCM said the contracts came within the scope of the tender for Universal Access launched in October of last year, in which Movitel, SA and Mozambique Cellular SA (mcel) were declared winners of Lot 1 (South Zone), which includes coverage of 15 locations, and Lots 2 and 3 (Central and Northern Zones), which comprise the coverage of a total of 35 locations.

The Chairman of the Board of Directors (PCA) of INCM, Isidore Pedro da Silva, said at the time that "the signing of these two agreements consolidates the objectives of the Government to ensure communications to all citizens in the country without discrimination and put them at the service of the development of the country "through the universal service that contributes to the elimination of digital asymmetry that exists between urban and rural areas.

These contracts will allow the cover 50 locations in 10 provinces and will benefit a population of 873 000 inhabitants. The financing is done as an allowance through the Service Fund Universal Access, a total of 217 million MT. The services to be provided include voice, data and Internet services and the implementation period is 6-12 months.

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