(2015-10-12) Mozambique’s Minister of Transport and Communications, Carlos Mesquita, on Friday declared that the publicly-owned telecommunications company TDM, which runs the fixed phone network, “is in a time warp”, and has been unable to carve out a position for itself in the current telephony market.
He was speaking to reporters in Maputo after a visit to TDM headquarters by Prime Minister Carlos Agostinho do Rosario.
“It was clear that the company has resources which need to be properly managed to reverse the current deficit in which TDM finds itself”, said Mesquita. The company had to overhaul the way it operated in order to deal with competition.
The TDM management “must undertake a diagnosis of the company’s situation”, he said. “TDM became stuck in a time warp, which made it impossible to position itself in a competitive market”.
Mesquita called for greater dynamism in the project to establish convergence between TDM and the country’s oldest mobile phone company, M-Cel (in which TDM is the largest shareholder). “Thought must be given to sharing infrastructures in order to reduce operational costs”, he added.
During the visit the TDM management briefed the Prime Minister on the company’s investment plans. Mesquita said TDM presented “a detailed investment plan, with the financial models, where scenarios for the economic recovery of the company can be seen”.
The government, he promised, would make a formal statement on the measures it regarded as coherent for reversing the current TDM deficit.
But the government was also concerned about the human development of the TDM work force, the professional career structure in the company and the channeling of contributions to the National Social Security Institute (INSS).
Photo: File / TDM’s corporate headquarters in Maputo
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