Monday, 10/10/2011 12:00 AM
Viettel officially puts mobile stations on air in Mozambique
On October 6th, 2011, Movitel, a joint venture between Viettel Global (70%) and Mozambican partners SPI&Invespar announced to puts first 9 mobile base stations (BTS) on air in Mozambique at 8h15 local time. Following successful domestic calls (in and outside network), the first international call, which satisfied technical standards, was successfully set up.
Viettel won a bidding to become the third mobile service operator in Mozambique with its pledge to cover 80% of the African country’s population. Mozambique is the fourth foreign country in which Viettel has invested, after Cambodia, Laos and Haiti. Mozambique had been dominated by Mozambique Cellular (Mcel) and Vodacom Mozambique (backed by Vodafone Group). Total mobile subscribers of the country was estimated to reach around 7.7 million or 30% penetration.
After 9 months of conducting survey and infrastructure deployment, Movitel has so far built more than 5,000 km fiber optic cable, reaching 100% provincial capitals which exceed total national fiber optic cable available before. 12,000 km fiber optic is projected to be deployed by Movitel during this year.
Following first 9 BTS, Movitel plans to put on air other base stations in all 11/11 provinces in Mozambique nationwide. By the end of this year, Movitel plans to put on air nearly 1,000 BTS 2G &3G.
Movitel’s staffs currently totals 570.
Mozambique located in Southeastern Africa, bordering the Mozambique Channel, between South Africa and Tanzania.