MOZAMBIQUE PREPARES THIRD MOBILE LICENCE

Telecoms

The government of Mozambique has approved plans to award the country’s third cellular licence in the first quarter of next year. Reuters quotes Transport and Communications Minister Antonio Munguambe, who said: ‘There is room for competition. We are going to issue a third licence and once the regulatory body is through with technical aspects, we will immediately launch the tender, probably in the first quarter of 2007.’ Enquiries had already been received from MTN and Celtel, he added. Mozambique is currently home to two operators, state-owned mCel and the local unit of South Africa-based Vodacom. They serve around two million subscribers between them, with mCel claiming almost two-thirds of the market.

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