Vodacom awarded Mozambique GSM licence

Vodacom, a South African mobile network operator, has obtained a licence to operate a GSM network in Mozambique.

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By  Richard Brown Published  June 16, 2002

The licence in Mozambique will permit Vodacom to compete with mCel, a joint venture between the government of Mozambique and Detecon, a German telecommunications firm.

According to Andrew Methembu, deputy chief executive of Vodacom, the company's Mozambique operation is expected to acquire roughly 500,000 GSM subscribers within 10 years.

Receiving the licence marks part of Vodacom’s stated strategy of penetrating growth markets across Africa. The company has operations in Lesotho, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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