More Africa NewsMozambique: TMCEL begins the second phase of modernisation and extension of its telecom network

February 1, 2022by myles0

Born in January 2019 from the merger of the companies Telecomunicações de Moçambique (TDM) and Mozambique Cellular (Mcel), TMCEL has since multiplied initiatives to develop its network coverage and strengthen its quality of service. The company wants to be the leader in the national market. 

Mozambique’s public telecommunications company, TMCEL has started the second phase of the project to modernize and extend its mobile network across the country. The works which started in the province of Maputo and will gradually extend to the other provinces of the country will continue until 2023.

As part of this project, TMCEL will proceed with the installation of new 2G and 3G equipment, as well as the extension of 4G and 4.5G technologies throughout the national territory. The public company also plans to modernize and increase the transmission capacity of the entire fiber optic backbone.

This initiative is part of TMCEL’s ambition to conquer the national telecom market. The company which wants to become the main telecommunications company in Mozambique in the next few years, ahead of Vodacom and Movitel, carried out the first phase of modernization of its network in 2019. The operation focused on the installation of 4G technology in the cities of Maputo and Matola. An investment that has contributed to the improvement of voice and data services in the areas covered.

For this second phase, TMCEL will rely on the technology and expertise of the equipment manufacturer Ericsson with which an agreement was concluded in November 2020. The latter has a duration of five years.

Once completed, this second phase of TMCEL’s telecom network modernization project will enable the incumbent operator to reach the most remote communities with quality services. In short, new market niches. ”  This network enhancement will further contribute to the promotion of financial inclusion and e-money transactions in the formal and informal sectors, through mKesh, whose new platform was recently introduced  ,” the telecom company said.

Source: Agence Ecofin

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