Viettel holds the ropes on the Mozambican tower market
A BMI view of the tower market in Mozambique
Mozambique’s impressive economic growth outlook, combined with a predominantly rural population, generates good tower sharing opportunities. However, while fast-growing operator Movitel’s parent Viettel remains closed to tower sharing, the country is unlikely to become the next area of expansion for any of Sub-Saharan Africa’s leading tower companies.
Viettel still an unlikely participant
Without participation from Viettel-backed Movitel, the country’s fastest growing and now largest mobile operator by subscriptions, Mozambique is unlikely to see the entry of any of Africa’s ‘big four’ tower companies into the market over the next year. However, depending on how Viettel’s strategies in Cameroon and Tanzania take shape, we believe the operator may warm to the prospect of tower sharing over time.