Mozambique’s state-run fixed line provider Telecomunicações de Moçambique (TDM) has said it will invest USD50 million over the next two years to expand its infrastructure backbone in preparation for the arrival of competition in the wireline market. Mozambique was one of the first African countries to reform its telecommunications sector, having partially liberalised the domestic long-distance (DLD) and international long-distance (ILD) segments in 1999, but TDM still enjoys a de facto monopoly on the provision of local, DLD and ILD voice services. This is expected to run for five years after the incumbent is privatised, although the exact duration of its exclusivity remains at the discretion of the government. The sale of part or all of TDM was originally slated for 2004, but has yet to materialise.
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