Movitel has confirmed that it will launch full commercial services on January 8. The operator was awarded Mozambique’s third mobile concession in November 2010 after having tendered a $29 million bid, according to the local publication 'O Pais'.
Movitel had started limited services over its first nine base stations in October in keeping with the conditions of its license which stated that it must commence operations within twelve months of receiving its concession. It also declared at that time that it will have installed 1,000 base stations by the end of 2011.
In August this year, Huyunh Quang Nghia, technical director, Movitel said: “Movitel plans to start operating with substantial coverage of the country’s 128 districts, and in January there will be 95% coverage; two to three months later we will have coverage of 100%”.
Movitel, which will operate under the prefix ‘86’, stands to compete with two established operators in the region, the state owned mCel and Vodacom Mozambique.