JOHANNESBURG, South Africa—South African mobile network operator Vodacom announced that it has won a license to operate a GSM network in Mozambique. The expansion drive has been part of the company’s strategy to seek markets for growth across Africa. The company already has operations in Lesotho, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
The license in Mozambique will allow Vodacom to compete with mCel, the joint venture between the Mozambican government and German company Detecon.
Andrew Methembu, deputy chief executive of Vodacom, said the Vodacom Mozambique operation is expected to acquire roughly 500,000 subscribers in 10 years. The company has said that it will begin the process of finalizing the license, conditions and the rollout of the infrastructure in the coming weeks.