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The National Institute of Communications of Mozambique (INCM) needs to accelerate the completion of the digital migration and broadband expansion processes, in order to ensure the quality of the communication services provided to citizens.
Former minister Tomaz Salomão believes that in order to achieve this goal, the INCM must embrace innovation and invest more in human capital and infrastructure as basic conditions to ensure efficiency in its role as regulator of the telecommunications sector.
Tomaz Salomão is one of the figures who pushed for reforms in the INCM, which opened doors to the liberalisation of the telecommunications sector and consequent entry of private operators. On Friday, the former minister spoke at a seminar held in Maputo on the 25th anniversary of the Institute’s creation.
“The telecommunications market is very competitive and the INCM should strengthen itself so that it continues to be a reference in the region. Efforts should be made to increase the landline network, which is still small compared to other countries in the region,” he said.
Surveying the Institute’s past, Salomão said that the course that had been run had not been without difficulties, and mentioned the barriers created by the state in the liberalisation of the telecommunications market.
“Mozambican Telecommunications (TDM) and Mcel were armoured to prevent new players from entering. There were lobbies to prevent the liberalisation of the telecommunications market,” he recalled. “The consequence of this,” he went on, “was the low quality of competitors who responded to the first call launched for a second mobile operator after Mcel.”
The meeting took place under the motto “For Secure Communication”, which, according to the president of the INCM Board of Directors, Ema Chicoco, reflects the Institute’s the commitment to cyber security, a current concern both nationally and internationally.
The INCM is the regulatory authority for the postal and telecommunications sectors. Its purpose is the regulation and supervision of the postal and telecommunications sectors, as well as the management of radio frequencies. Since the creation of the INCM in 1992, the country has moved from a single landline operator to three mobile operators, and from one single postal operator to fifty-three.Source: Notícias
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