Maputo – The three mobile phone companies operating in Mozambique (TMcel, Vodacom and Movitel) hope to fully restore their services in Palma. The districts of Mocimboa da Praia and Muidumbe, in the northern province of Cabo Delgado, in a few days.
The three neighborhoods have been severely affected by terrorist attacks which disrupted fixed and mobile telecommunications. Repairing networks is now possible, following the defeats inflicted on terrorists by the joint forces of Mozambique and Rwanda.
According to a Radio Mozambique report, the technical staff of the three companies are working on the ground to restore their services (including Internet access), in the protective presence of the defense and security services.
ISIS terrorists occupied Mocimboa da Praia in August 2020, but were driven out on August 7 of this year. In Palma, mobile phone equipment was destroyed in a terrorist raid on March 24, but Mozambican forces and their allies have now regained control of the city of Palma.
Quoted by the radio, Cabo Delgado’s provincial director of transport and communications, Nelson Pereira, said there was still work to be done.
“In the case of Vodacom, in Mocimboa da Praia right now we have voice communication, but no data,” he said, “while in Palma all the work has been done. also a Movitel team in the field to restore the network “.
Pereira added that the state-owned company TMcel will soon install mobile phone masts in Muidumbe and Palma. “TMcel already has all the equipment in Mueda, and all that is needed is to transport it to Palma and Muidumbe,” he said.
The reactivation of the mobile phone network includes mobile wallets, a service through which many financial transactions are carried out in remote rural areas that do not have easy access to banking services.