Third phase of fibre optic development in Mozambique
4 September 2009
A contract worth 21 million Euros (about 30 million Dollars) for the deployment of the fibre optic Internet has just been signed between the French company Alcatel-Lucent and Telecomunicacoes de Moçambique (TDM), the Mozambique public telecommunications company.
This involves the third phase of the project; Alcatel-Lucent has already laid 2970 kilometres of optical fibre across the country.
Alcatel-Lucent will be installing a further 2585 kilometres of fibre in order to connect the whole of the territory, in order for all the capitals of the provinces of Mozambique to have rapid Internet access as from 2011.
Joaquim de Carvalho, President of the TDM management committee, declared at the signing of the contract on 3 September 2009 that this network is going “to bring Mozambique into the information and communication community, as well as reducing the technology gap”.
Fibre optics are becoming a major factor in the economic and social development of Mozambique, in particular by facilitating the creation of services on the Internet.<br/>