Panguene visits HUAWEI China, pushes Fixed / Mobile convergence in Mozambique


(2015-05-28) Apolinario Panguene, the chairman of the Institute of Management of State Holdings (IGEPE), has recently visited China on a working visit in order to meet the HUAWEI company, whose Mozambican turnover through the Affiliated State Companies TDM and Mcel amounts to US$58.8 M.

Panguene’s visit was intended to explore possible synergies to enhance the State Participated Companies’ capacity to establish Joint Ventures and to leverage their intervention in the area of Information and Communication Technologies. The Chinese company HUAWEI presented some alternatives for business modernization in TDM and in Mcel.

The current context of the Mozambican market is favorable for the export of technological solutions where mobile and landline operators can combine services, offering television, internet and telephone packages; a successful experience that has great advantages in improving the quality and television content, increasing bandwidth, and modernising services.

In his address during the visit, the IGEPE chairman mentioned the convergence process between TDM and Mcel and invited HUAWEI to promote a Maputo presentation of the businesses possibilities that convergence generates and the ways it contributes to make companies more functional and competitive.

Panguene also said that the convergence between mobile and landline will bring significant benefits both to businesses and their customers. According to Panguene, the integrated, unified platform of optical fibre will strengthen voice, broadband and data services.

However, he stressed, companies must seek funding models that don’t saddle the Mozambican state with guarantees or sovereign debt.

HUAWEI committed to providing long-term financing proposals that will save resources and leverage financial and capital structure, so that priorities can be achieved in the short term. These solutions would also strengthen the companies’ human resources capabilities, through professional training in telecommunications designed to accelerate the development of the telecommunications industry in Mozambique.

What is Fixed-Mobile Convergence?

Fixed-mobile convergence (FMC) combines the capabilities of landline communication systems with cellular and other mobile communications networks. Both fixed and wireless networks can be interconnected and the services of one accessed by another. Implemented in 2004 with the formation of a global alliance, the concept is designed for subscribers to communicate and access data and video from anywhere, no matter what type of device is used.

Under fixed mobile convergence, cellular telephone services can coexist with the services of fixed networks.

Wireless fidelity (Wi-Fi) connections and software are required for a device to take advantage of fixed-mobile convergence. One of the reasons behind the concept is to encourage people to use both landline and cellular telephones, instead of abandoning their desk phones. The services that result allow fixed phones, mobile devices, and Internet access services to be accessible from one unit. Both homes and businesses may benefit from this arrangement. Industry standardization has also enabled Wi-Fi and cellular technologies to be combined.

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