Three operators shortlisted for Moz licence

Three of the 22 companies that submitted bids have been shortlisted for Mozambique’ s third mobile operator’ s licence.

Mozambique’ s National Institute of Communications (INCM) said earlier that the winning bid would be selected by the end of next month. Both local and foreign companies expressed interest in the licence.

INCM said the three shortlisted applicants were TMN, the cellular unit of Portugal Telecom, UNI-Telecom - a joint venture between Angolan Unitel and Mozambique's Energy Capital - and Vietnam-backed Movitel.

INCM director Americo Muchanga said their technical and financial proposals would be evaluated over the next two months. The successful applicant is obliged to enter the market within a year of winning the bid.

Mcel and Vodacom already operate mobile services in the country, with a total of around 5 million subscribers. Wireless penetration in the country is estimated to be around 22% - well below the average in Africa.

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