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South Africa’s Vodacom Group has reported a 13.7% year-on-year increase in revenues for the nine months to the end of December 2008. Sales climbed to ZAR40.5 billion (USD4.1 billion) on the back of a 14.3% rise in group subscriber numbers to 37.8 million. In its home market customer numbers were up 4.8% during the final three months of 2008 to 26.5 million, while Vodacom’s international operations in Tanzania, DR Congo, Mozambique and Lesotho saw customer numbers jump 8% quarter-on-quarter to 11.3 million. Vodacom Group CEO Pieter Uys commented: ‘Expanding our African footprint beyond South Africa is one of the pillars of Vodacom’s growth strategy. I’m pleased to say that this quarter we reached an important milestone, with 30% of our total customer base now coming from our operations in Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho and Mozambique.’
The government of Mozambique is to launch a tender for the country’s third cellular concession in the first half of next year. ‘There is a market. At the moment we are just putting the bidding documents together; we hope to launch an international tender before June 20, 2009’, government minister Paulo Zucula told Reuters. ‘There are 20 million people in Mozambique and only a fraction have access to the mobile phone network, so there is … space for growth and I’m sure that any company that would get the new licence will flourish soon,’ Zucula added. Mozambique is currently home to two cellular operators: state-backed mCel, which has around 3.5 million customers, and the local subsidiary of South Africa’s Vodacom, with around 1.3 million clients.